Play is Social & Emotional
The social and emotional benefits of play are immeasurable. Children gain confidence through their sense of mastery of an environment or idea. These experiences also help children to know themselves and others while being able to practice social skills through group play.
Children have abundant energy that is used in play of all kinds, which provides the physical and mental benefits of exercise; at the same time, children experience the emotional satisfaction that comes from creative activity.
Finally, the sheer fun and joy that come from play, especially play that challenges, enlivens, or creates a new perspective, brings a sense of gratification and exhilaration that balances mind and body.
“For humans and other animals, play is a universal training course and language of trust. The belief that one is safe with another being or in any situation is formed over time during regular play. Trust is the basis of intimacy, cooperation, creativity, successful work, and more.”
“The ability of the young child to create their own sense of their mind, and that of others, takes place through pretend play, which continues to nourish the spirit throughout life, and remains key to innovation and creativity. Deprivation studies uphold the importance of this pattern of play, as understanding and trusting others and developing coping skills depends on its presence.”
“Play Science - the Patterns of Play.” The National Institute for Play. 2006. 30 July 2008 <http://www.nifplay.org/states_play.html>.