Importance of Playtime
“All of us have moments in our childhood where we come alive for the first time. And we go back to those moments and think, ‘This is when I became myself.’”- Rita Dove
At Spring Fields Nursery, we pride ourselves in our preschool activities especially our playtime sessions with children. Playtime is an essential part of development for children at every age, especially toddlers. Playtime is such an important part of your toddlers’ day, it may look like fun and games to you, but for toddlers, all that play is work. As your toddler goes through his busy day zooming around the house, whipping up a meal in his toy kitchen, or pouring water into a cup, he’s solving problems, boosting his language skills, learning about people, discovering scientific and math principles and sharpening his creativity and imagination!
- When he’s sitting with his shape sorter, he’s figuring out sizes, shapes, and how to fit something into a container. If one thing doesn’t work, he will try to work it out.
- When he’s having a tea party with his stuffed animals, he’s engaging in imaginative play and practicing his turn-taking and sharing skills. Maybe he will feed teddy too.
- When he’s going up and down the slide, he’s discovering how his body works and building his coordination (it takes a lot of muscle power to get up that ladder!).
- Push and pull toys can boost coordination and imagination. Puzzles are great problem solving activities as well as for motor skills and language development
You can increase your toddlers’ verbal skills by asking lots of questions as you play or simply making comments. Even if you don’t get a desired response, the language is being absorbed and you are providing them with exposure. These are some things our staff at Spring Fields Nursery do to help enhance the children’s vocabulary.
Our staff at Spring Fields Nursery, preschool in Abu Dhabi, ignite their inner child and have fun with the children. We suggest you do the same, join in crawling under the table through the chairs of the maze. Throw a blanket over the table and make a secret cave. Put the pieces of a puzzle together and share the sense of achievement and teamwork. Have fun!