Play Matters in the Crayon Room
Learning through play is a term used to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them. Through play children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.
Key ways that young children learn include playing, being with people, being active, exploring new experiences, communication with others, talking to themselves, meeting physical and mental challenges, being shown how to do new things, practicing and repeating skills, and having fun.
TEN QUOTES ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY
“Play is the work of the child.” – Maria Montessori
“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein
“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” – Mr. Rogers
“The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.” – Erik H. Erikson
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.” – O. Fred Donaldson
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct.” – Carl Jung
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
“Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.” – Plato
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for
children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers
Take a peek into the classroom and watch the
Crayon Kids learn while they play!