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Building Bonds and Brains: The Power of Playing with Friends

07 November 2023

3 min.

Playtime never seems to be the same; children become lost in their own imaginative worlds, creating tales and building adventures, whether they're alone or with their peers.

Even though it might seem like “just play” to us, it's also the key to an intricate world of learning and growth for children. Read on and discover just how social play contributes to children's development.


1. Building Social Skills

From taking turns on swings to sharing toys, children learn valuable life lessons when they play with others. It teaches patience, negotiation, and understanding as a child waits for their turn with a toy.
Practicing these skills allows children to develop their overall socialising abilities – a key element to tackling the world as they grow older. Similarly, when children play make-believe, they’re not just having fun; they’re understanding and exploring societal roles and how to appropriately manage them.

2. Enhancing Language Skills

Conversations during playtime are essential, not just to help them develop their speech, but to enhance their emotional intelligence. When children communicate their thoughts, desires, and feelings, their vocabulary and language skills are put to the test, while being able to effectively express their emotions helps them to develop their emotional intelligence.
Asking questions, responding to their peers and telling stories all play a part in improving their language and communication skills.

3. Developing Emotional Intelligence

When playing with friends (old or new), children embark on a fun yet emotional journey. By interacting with and observing other children, they begin to understand emotions and their impact. These all-important cues can help children learn what their friends are feeling – whether it’s a fleeting smile or a frown – and they learn to respond with care through a comforting word or a reassuring hug.
And when their toy tower topples or a game doesn’t go their way, they begin to learn how to manage their own feelings (sometimes). This journey is all about building a solid foundation of empathy and understanding, crucial tools for their life ahead.

4. Boosting Physical Development

One thing all children seem to have is an abundance of energy. Whether they’re chasing each other on the playground or displaying their dance moves at home, this excitement is more than just about having fun – they’re flexing their growing muscles and honing their motor skills. Every jump, hop, and coordinated group activity contributes to their physical development. As they navigate obstacles or balance on one foot, they’re quietly mastering coordination and the essence of teamwork. It’s all part of your child’s delightful journey of growth.

5. Problem Solving in Action

Whether it’s building a toy tower or figuring out a jigsaw puzzle, playtime represents various obstacles. As children work and face these challenges together, they’re sharpening their critical thinking skills, understanding cause and effect, and even developing a never-give-up attitude. This makes play a workshop for life’s bigger challenges ahead.

6. Instilling Confidence

Every time a child overcomes a challenge, no matter how small, their self-esteem gets a boost. From the proud smile they flash when they’ve mastered a new game, to the joy of helping a friend, each accomplishment contributes to their growing sense of confidence and self-worth. These aren’t just fleeting moments; they’re experiences that instil a lasting belief in their own abilities.

To Summarise...

Beyond the joy and mischief, playtime paves the path for future successes. Interactive play naturally fosters growth and understanding. By immersing themselves in joyful play, children, without realising, lay the foundation for their futures.

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