If you’re a parent who is considering enrolling your child at Wonder Years Learning Center in the future, or if you’re a parent with a student who’s already enrolled, you probably care quite a lot about the proper development of your child. For the best physical and cognitive growth, your child needs the best in early childhood education and teaching—but there’s arguably one thing that’s even more important for your child: playtime.

Playtime? Shouldn’t they be learning? This is a very common question that comes up in our learning centers, and we have a very simple answer: for children just beginning their experiences with school and molding their young minds, playing is learning.

In this blog, the Dyer preschool learning center team at Wonder Years Learning Center will outline the benefits of play for your child’s physical and cognitive development. Don’t worry—playtime can go a long way for improving the cognitive abilities of your child in the short-term and the long-term!

Playtime teaches valuable social skills.

At just about any age, playtime is much more fun with friends—and for toddlers and young children, group playtime can have an immensely positive effect on cognitive and social development. These group sessions allow kids to interact positively with others by collaborating, sharing, and problem solving—and if they have a hard time playing or working together with their peers, there are plenty of learning opportunities to be had where kids can learn the consequences of rude or unhealthy social interactions.

Teamwork makes the dream work, but that’s not an easy lesson for some folks to grasp. The earlier your kid is exposed to group play and other forms of social interaction, the easier time they’ll have working in groups in the future.

Playtime improves fine motor skills.

All those LEGOs on your living room floor might be a figurative pain to clean up and literal pain to step on, but they can have a huge impact on the development of your child’s fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are incredibly necessary skills in life, as they help us write, cook, drive, open pickle jars, and manipulate objects as we see fit—the earlier toddlers and children begin developing these skills, the better off they will be.

Fortunately, developing fine motor skills and dexterity comes naturally for young children. All these have to do is play with and manipulate objects by stretching, stacking, gripping, dropping, and throwing them (hopefully they don’t throw them too hard). With enough playtime, kids will lay the groundwork for better motor skills in the future that can help them excel at some of life’s most necessary tasks.

Playtime sparks creativity.

All you have to do is give a small child a bunch of toys and say “have fun.” This is how easy it is to spark creativity in your child! Left to their own devices without guidelines, children will find very imaginative ways to make their toys come to life— and those moments can help children develop creative skills that can help them with writing, engineering, performing, or problem-solving down the road!

Learning by Playing at Wonder Years Learning Center

Voted Best Childcare Center in Northwest Indiana, Wonder Years Learning Center incorporates “learning by playing” into all of our learning plans to help kids develop their cognitive and physical skills for more success in the world of school and beyond. By learning through playing, kids can learn a lot—and they don’t even realize they’re learning because they’re having so much fun! Don’t prolong your child’s cognitive or physical development—enroll them at Wonder Years Learning Center today.