The Playroom Matters. Here's Why.

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Play is essential to every child’s life. Most of the early childhood years are spent in the playroom. The benefits of such a setting is clear. It impacts a child’s social, physical, cognitive, creative and imaginative development.

An organized playroom provides opportunities for children to freely explore the world around them. They are able to engage in rich-meaningful experiences and make personal connections. Playrooms also provide a place for children to explore, examine, question, predict, test, investigate and manipulate.

Here are our top 5 reasons to have a playroom for your children.

  1. Playrooms allow children to engage in social, emotional and prosocial behavior. This type of play teaches young children to experiment with decision making on how to manage social situations and practice their social skills. Allowing opportunities to actively participate in social conversations, turn-taking, negotiating rules, expressing thoughts and opinions and using thinking skills to resolve conflicts.

  2. Playrooms allow gross and fine motor development (meaning large and small body movements). Children learn to run, jump, roll, throw, tumble, crawl and climb. And of course, children take risks and test their own limits. It challenges their capabilities, but also promotes stability. Children use their fine motor skills to draw, paint, cut, paste and manipulate small objects.

  3. Playrooms stimulate the five sense by providing access to music and sound, and different sensations. They allow children to manipulate natural and fabricated materials, use tools, and have access all kinds of sensory seeking pieces.

  4. Playrooms allow children to gain independence. Children learn to take responsibility for their own well-being. They learn to respect and care for their environment and materials when embedded into a daily clean up routine.

  5. Playrooms allow mastery of cognitive skills. Children learn to problem solve. Failure allows them to approach problems with flexibility. Active exploration promotes trial and error. Children learn through cause and effect experiences. They are able to apply their knowledge to new contexts. They practice classifying objects into categories. Block building promotes pattern building skills, and arranging objects in a series, using one-to-one correspondence, numbers and counting, balancing, and measuring.

Karri Bowen-Poole