“He keeps playing by himself”, “He is a sweet boy, doesn’t make much trouble”, “He is independent”, is what I often hear people say about my little boy. People wonder what makes him so independent and play all by himself.
If you have been following me closely, you might have noticed how much free play time I give my son. He loves exploring his new world and playing by himself. He has his own way of exploring and finding things that keep him busy and well as independent.
Importance of Free Play
As a parent, I completely believe in free play and I am going to tell you why. Listed below are some benefits of free play on children
1} Builds creativity
With a structured education at school, children find very less time to play and explore as they wish. This kills their imagination skills. Encouraging free play in children helps improve imagination skills, and increase creativity.
2} Explore the world
It is very important that children explore their surroundings and interact with their world. Giving enough free play time to your little one helps him interact with his surroundings and explore the real world.
3} Enhances decision making skills
To survive in the real world, it is very important to learn the skill of decision making. It is a practical skill that every child should learn. Children spending time in free play have better decision making skills than those who do not.
4} Conquer fear
Children always develop fear for a thing that is not known or explored by them. So is the principle of fear in the real world. In order to make your children conquer fear and build self-confidence, encourage as much as possible free play in his daily routine.
5} Increases physical activity
Children need to be physically active to stay fit and healthy. Free play increase physical activity and makes your child healthy and active. Free play also helps reduce weight in children who are overweight and obese.
6} Social and emotional development
You may be surprised to know that free play improves social and emotional development in children. It helps children understand relationship values between family and friends.
7} Helps resolve conflicts with other children
Free play when done along with friends, teaches children to work in groups. Additionally, it also teaches children to share and resolve conflicts among themselves.
Moreover I feel completely relaxed as I am not burdened with making things prepared for activities for him which may survive merely for 5 minutes.
What are your thoughts on free play? Let me know in the comments below.