While 90% of adulthood involves working away the days, as a child, it is spent playing away. Investing good amount of time in playing is just as important for any child as it is for an adult to invest some time on hobbies and extra-curricular. The goal is to refresh, enhance and revive. Most parents consider play-time simply as a waste of time, but what they don't realize is that it is just as stimulation for kids’ brain as productive hobbies are. There is growth, learning and development in every aspect; cognitive, emotional, behavioural and physical.
Let's see below how exactly does play benefit a child, and frames the personality.
Through games and play, kids place the foundation of their learning. They pick up words and syllables, begin developing their vocabulary and language, and push their imagination and creativity. They get an insight into the ways of the world with their interaction with peers.
Whether, a game is played single or in a group, either way, kids make new friends, grow old friendships through it. That is one major perk of play time. Young ones learn about amity; they learn about the importance of having friends and how to maintain relations with them.
Of course, when a kid engages with other kids while playing, he has to adapt according to their behaviour and nature as well. They work and play as a team, in a team or against one, and that very act moulds them as a team leader and/or participant. When they do so, they learn the importance of teams and groups. Moreover, they get educated on how to work along with other, how to consider them and take them into account.
In the process of learning, building and maintaining relationships and friendships, kids are challenged heavily. Not just when it comes to these relations, but also on a personal level. Their skills, intellect and creativity is challenged and pushed. They recognise their own perks and shortcomings in play as well as personally, and eventually, grow.
Once a child is challenged, he realises his own traits as a person. He discovers his thinking, fears, interests and feelings. He plays, so he wins and also loses; during this, a child is bound to grow intellectually, emotionally, cognitively and behaviorally, provided he engages with productive yet joyous play.