Listed below are some of the benefits of Play-Based Activities. Afterwards, please take the time to listen to the fun and toe tapping music video of Greg & Steve In Concert For Children at the end of this page for you and your child to enjoy.
Children love art! They can create their own unique work and take pride as it is displayed. Art develops creativity and self-expression, confidence, focus, eye and hand coordination, language skills, fine motor skills (precursor to writing), cognitive skills, etc... .
Reading to children develops a larger vocabulary, a love for reading, a bond between the child and caregiver, preparation for school success, better communication skills, enhanced concentration, learn about the world around him/her etc... .
Blocks & Manipulative Toys
Building with blocks help children learn self-expression, problem solving skills, develop their imagination, increase their self-esteem, learn basic math concepts such as measuring, comparing, counting, and develop social and emotional growth as they learn how to cooperate and share ideas with each other.
"Watch out Bobby! I'm putting out the fire!" as Kyle pretends he is a fireman with a water hose (a long block). Dramatic play is vital in a child's life. Not only is it sheer fun, but kids are learning social and emotional skills, gross and fine motor skills, creativity, cognitive skills, and language development.
Down right fun! Physical play allows children to release energy, develops gross and fine motor skills as they run, jump, skip, hop, ride, catch, throw, crawl, and swing. It improves eye hand coordination, balancing, emotional and social development, thinking skills as it helps develop the brain, decreases childhood obesity, strengthens the heart, improves overall health and well being, etc... .
Sensory play such as sand, water, and play-doh are inviting for children. These materials help children relax as they concentrate on touching, scooping and pouring. Sensory Play encourages social and emotional, gross and fine motor, cognitive, language, and creative development.
Science teach kids about the world around them. It introduces them to new concepts and ideas. Questions to ponder are: Why do some items float and some sink? Why is the sky blue? What makes a seed grow? How many legs does a spider have? Why is the Sun hot? Why are plants important? etc.... .
Music provides many benefits for children. Singing and dancing along with friends will help develop social and emotional skills, giving children a sense of community, and shared experience. Participating in this activity will teach children a love for music, build self confidence, increase self-esteem, develop eye hand coordination, develop an awareness of various instruments, develop creativity, boost brain development, increase language development, etc... .