How Play Helps Prepare Your Child for School

Few things in life can compare to a happy child playing. Aside from simply being a joy to witness, playtime and imagination are wildly beneficial to children, both mentally and physically.  It goes without saying that all children need ample time to let their creativity (and their legs) run wild, but what’s less commonly known is just how much this time for play can benefit a child’s education.  With lots of time to play and put their imagination to work, children are preparing themselves for academic success, both in the immediate future, and further down the road.  Here are some of the many ways that playing, imagining, and creating can prepare a child for an immensely successful education:

Play Fosters Imagination and Creativity 

Imagination and creativity are at the heart of a child playing, and they’re also the foundation of any education. Sure, to a child school often feels like it only contains structure, objectivity, and memorization, but so much of education relies on critical thinking, problem solving, creative ideas, brainstorming, and thinking outside of the box.  While playing, children not only embrace their imagination and creativity, but develop it, and learn how to utilize it academically.

Play Teaches Balance 

There are a lot of positive lessons in the phrase “work hard, play hard,” and the latter part of that equation helps teach those lessons.  The more a kid learns to greatly enjoy their time outside of the classroom, the more likely they are to take seriously their time inside of it. Kids who don’t get enough time to play and be creative often feel confined by their education; school becomes something of a prison sentence to them.  But with a healthy dosage of play, those kids learn all about balance, which not only helps them do better in school now, but teaches them how to balance work and play as they get older, which is the key to a successful high school or college education.

Kids Who Play Are Kids Who Are Happy  

Plain and simple, kids who spend a lot of time playing, imagining, and being creative with their friends and their family are happier.  They enjoy their day to day lives more, and are happier in the long run.  And happier people are more successful, both in life and in the classroom.

Being Healthy Helps Education 

It goes without saying that play is good for children’s health. Exercising their mind and their body does wonders for them, and this really shows off in the classroom.  There’s the stereotypical image of an unhappy kid at a desk, biting their pencil and shaking their legs because they’re so restless.  When kids play and get the chance to be creative, they exhaust themselves in healthy ways, which lessens how wound up and restless they are.  The less wound up and restless they are, the more mental capacity they have and the better their attention span.  Naturally, these things help a child have a successful education.

Applicability 

It’s often said that the best way to teach a kid math is to let them run a lemonade stand.  The reason is because kids don’t want to think about problem sets in their free time, but they’re excited at the opportunity to make cash calculations when someone purchases a drink they made. The lesson here is simple: kids who are playing and imagining find fun ways to apply their education to their real life, which helps the lessons sink in more than homework ever can.

For fun, and for school, all kids should have lots of time to play. Give your child a playdate they won’t soon forget with a trip to the indoor play center at Kid Junction. Your child will love the freedom to explore the indoor playground’s massive discovery zone, filled with slides, interactive games and imagination stations that allow your child to explore their creativity and grow their minds. Take a trip to Kid Junction today and discover how we can help your child learn and grow.

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