Free play is a type of game in which the child plays independently from the adult and has complete freedom to play in any way he wants. Free play is important for learning problem solving skills. Children can try to solve a problem or come up with a solution on their own while playing. They have to express their mindset. These skills are developed when the child plays independently. In this type of game, independence plays a key role, parents can use the following tips to support and encourage their children to have a fun and engaging learning experience.
• Make sure your child has a safe space to play.
• Listen to your child.
• Give the child some clues and instructions during the game.
• Use this type of game to connect more deeply with your child.
Free play creates an opportunity for children to explore their world in their own way and helps nurture their creativity and use their imagination. Parents should encourage toddlers and preschoolers to play freely on a regular basis, but with constant supervision, even six-month-old infants can be encouraged to play freely.
Gathered by: Sarah Masoumi, Educational Psychologist