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Play is the highest form of research- Albert Einstein


Play/stimulation is fundamental for the cognitive, emotional, and physical development of a child. Some of the reasons why children are not playing includes:

  • Limited space
  • Unsafe environment
  • Replacing play time with screen time
  • Adults are uninformed on the importance of play
  • Replacing play with too much formal education too early on in childhood

Benefits of play:
“Play is thinking time for young children. It is language and problem-solving time. It is memory, planning and investigating time. It is an organization of ideas when the child uses their mind, body and social skills in response to their stimuli.” – Hymes

Why is play a serious task for the child and a time of deep concentration?

  • It encourages discovery and reasoning
  • It improves physical development
  • Because of the spontaneous, highly enjoyable quality of play, it provides energy and serves as an organiser of cognitive learning for the child
  • When children play together, it promotes constructive socialising and the development of empathy
  • It improves emotional development such as mastering anxiety and conflict.
  • Play is crucial for minimizing stress and working through traumatic experiences
View References


De Witt, M.W. & Booysen, M.I. 1994. Die Klein Kind in Fokus. Goodwood: Nasionale Boekdrukkery. p.123

LEGO Foundation. Creating Creators-New report on the importance of creativity in education systems (video). 2019. https://vimeo.com/319417440 Date of access: 19 Feb. 2019

LEGO Foundation. LEGO Prize winner 2019. (video). 2019. https://vimeo.com/327596383 Date off access: 15 May 2019.

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