Child’s Play: The Importance of Play in the Growing up of Children

Child’s Play: The Importance of Play in the Growing up of Children – Play is the vehicle that allows children, not only to grow and develop in key domains (language, gross motor, etc.), but also to begin to understand what they observe in the world around them so that their emotional development can unfold as nature intended. By supporting and nurturing children in play, we open a world of opportunity for them to make sense of positive and negative events, as well as the regular happenings of daily life. The essential nature of play in emotional wellness, the developmental progression of play, and the role of adults in supporting play will be discussed. To truly understand children, we need to enter their world through the gateway of play.