How Children Can Increase Their Resilience Through Playby Austin Stanfel Building a Foundation for the Future
Play environments have a range of benefits. For example, they can allow children to experiment with the world, improving their intelligence. It can also expose them to new people, which can help them become more tolerant of others. However, there is another significant benefit to play. It can help children build resilience. This can help them deal better with stressful situations. This quality can also be essential to ensuring that they develop positive mental health. Let's look at how play can help children build resilience.
Throughout history, we've observed children playing. This behavior goes back to when humans were hunter-gatherers. We're one of the most playful mammals in the world. This suggests that play has multiple benefits on our development. One of the most significant benefits is that play allows us to manage our stress levels. There have been various studies done to document this impact. For example, scientists looked at children entering pre-school. They found the students who felt most anxious about this new experience. Some members of this group were allowed to play while others were read a story. Afterward, the scientists measured how concerned they felt. They found that the group who had been playing had lower stress levels than the group that had read the story. A range of other studies has further supported this conclusion. Some have speculated that this could be why stress levels increase when children enter formal schooling, where they don't have time to play at outdoor playground equipment.
The play also teaches children the importance of social co-operation, as they learn how to work together. For example, they will need to learn how to play with children that they don't like while learning how to share. Building these strong social skills can make it easier for them to make friends. As they get older, they can use this friendship group to discuss their problems. This will provide them with an outlet to help them regulate emotions. There is speculation that this is part of the reason why play is such an essential part of our childhood. Besides, play can help increase competency. Through play, children will be presented with new possibilities. They can experiment with different behaviors, to see how it affects the outcome. This will allow them to discover different natural processes. Finally, they'll learn how to recover from adversity through play. Often, when playing, things will go wrong. For example, someone might accidentally walk through a sandcastle, destroying it. When these events occur, they'll learn how to cope.
Resilience is one of the essential skills that an adult can develop. It allows them to continue persevering with a task, despite repeated failures. Many people consider their resilience as one of the biggest reasons why they achieved their successes. For example, sports stars need to spend hours training to compete at the Olympics. As we discovered, this resilient attitude can be learned as a child through play. Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of why play is vital for children.
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