How does a “feeling of excitement and playfulness” promote child development?

2021.12.14

When a child is motivated, he is more likely to try something new. The feeling of excitement children feel when they are motivated is gaining attention for its positive effects on physical and mental development. Let’s take a look at why this “feeling of playfulness” is attracting attention and how parents can encourage it in their children.

“ワクワク感”が子どもの発達を促す! 「プレイフル」が大切な理由

What is “playfulness”? What effect does it have on children’s development?

In recent years, people have paid a great deal of attention to the relationship between small children and “play”. Young children learn a lot through play including better awareness and concentration which will become useful as a “foundation of learning”.

The excitement children feel when they want to try something new is called “playfulness” and it can be described as a state of intense curiosity and interest and enthusiasm. When you are absorbed in something and enjoying it, your brain has a strong motivation to do it. What you experience in this state is strongly etched in your brain, making it harder to forget.

This “playfulness” stimulates the brain and motivates the child to try new things. Children who are in a “playful” state when they learn will be more motivated to continue their learning which will support their development of memory and concentration.

What can parents do to encourage playful learning?

Children are curious so they naturally become “playful” when they are interested. Therefore, play-based learning has become a popular way to encourage children’s development.

When parents interact with their child(ren), they bring out their “playful” feelings. If you want your child to be motivated to learn and try new things, it is important that you let your child make his/her own decisions and avoid forcing your child to do something he or she is not interested in. For example, you can ask your child “what do you want to do?” or “where do you want to go?” instead of making the decisions on your own.

Their choice may be difficult for you sometimes but by letting your child experience what he or she is interested in will help them feel more excited and playful and support their brain development.

We all get excited when we try something new or do research on something we are interested in. This is particularly the case for children because almost everything they see or do is new to them. Encouraging your child to take risks and be “playful” when learning new things will support their growth and development.

Attending a play-based international school or preschool class will help your child develop an interest in learning that will last them a lifetime. At these schools, children will learn about music, movement, art, science and gain English skills through play.

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