Learning Through Play: Build Cognitive Skills
At one point or another, we’ve all wanted to solve the world’s problems. Or maybe just one problem. Ironically, our ability to understand, connect and empathize with others around us and the world at large didn’t necessarily develop from our academic achievements. Our problem solving abilities were most likely developed through our childhood play.
In a recent CNN Opinon article, Want to get your kids into college? Let them play, Erika Christakis, MEd, MPH, and Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, state:
Academic achievement in college requires readiness skills that transcend mere book learning. It requires the ability to engage actively with people and ideas. In short, it requires a deep connection with the world. For a five year-old, this connection begins and ends with the creating, questioning, imitating, dreaming, and sharing that characterize play. When we deny young children play, we are denying them the right to understand the world.