Play Helps Make Kids Smarter
October 31, 2020 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle NewsAs a parent, we all worry if our kids are smart enough to succeed in the future. We want them to grow to be happy and well adjusted with great paying jobs. We want it all for them including that they are successful at school. So often we push them with extra homework and studies. As a mom of grown kids, a teacher, and involved in school boards, I have reflective perspective. We should not worry as much when they are little about their academics. We should worry more about how much time they have to play. Learning through play and experiential learning offers abundant opportunities for young minds to grow and develop into well balance, intelligent adults.
In the book, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards, Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek makes the case that younger children need the opportunity to just be kids, and that too many parents try to get their children to turn into academic geniuses at too young of an age. In U.S. News and World Report, Hirsh-Pasek states: "We know a tremendous amount about how young children learn, based on 30 years of wonderful science. The research shows that real learning has to take place in context – and that play is the best teacher.
A child can improve his or her memory through play. Studies have shown that playing improves a child's memory and also stimulates the growth of the cerebral cortex. Games, D.I.Y. kits, construction and building toys, and other playtime activities can help kids learn how to memorize important facts and details. Better memory skills also lead to improved problem-solving skills, which kids can apply to their everyday lives.
Playing has a major scientific advantage – it can help to grow brain cells. When kids play and explore new places, physiological changes happen in the brain. A substance called BDNF is released. This substance can be crucial for the growth and development of brain cells. In a way, playing can be considered "brain food!"
Besides being a kid's favorite activity, pretending can improve language skills. Scientists have discovered a link between playing that involves pretending and language development. The benefits are increased when children play "let's pretend" together. Children who engage in pretend play can make significant improvements in their receptive and expressive linguistic skills. This means they better understand what is being said to them as well as what they are saying.
Playtime also helps to make kids smarter by teaching them how to solve problems creatively. There are two basic types of problems for people to solve. Convergent problems have only one correct solution or answer. Divergent problems have multiple solutions. When kids play, it helps them to develop skills that assist them in solving divergent problems. Kids who engage in play also come up with more creative solutions to those problems.
Here are a few ideas when thinking about how different kinds of play can make our kids smarter!
Kids love to play! If you want to get your kids started on the right track, support their desire to play every day. Creative play encourages them to get their bodies and minds in motion. From problem solving to physical activity, teamwork and so much more, your kids are learning every step of the way!
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