Play & Skill Development
Play is really important for brain development.
When we are born our brain is about 25% of its size. By the age of 2 it’s about 80% of adult size.
The growth of new nerve connections takes years and through repetitive, positive play experiences, this can help those connections to develop well.
Movement coats the nerve connections in a beautiful warming fat. Once this has happened the skill is permanent (e.g. riding a bike – once you learn how to ride a bike you may not do it for years but you will always remember how to).
Various types of play access different areas in the brain and so lots of movements can assist with using the left part of the brain, the right part of the brain and setting the foundation for using the higher parts of the brain (the top floor).
If we think of it as a building - taking steps from the first floor to the second floor, right up to the top floor.
Gentle rocking, spinning, upside downs, simple ball games, rolling, swinging, crawling, creeping, sitting and climbing.
Walking, running, hanging, jumping, standing on 1 leg, marching, throwing, balancing, music & dancing, easy ball games,
riding a tricycle, riding a bike, play which involves taking turns and play which involves winning or losing.
Hopping, skipping, challenging ball games, card games (Snap, Memory, Go Fish), Connect Four, animal walks (kangaroo jumps, crab walks, bear walks)
and lots, lots more on all levels!
We need to master the skills in the lower floors before we can master the skills on the top floor.
Having difficulties mastering any of these skills?
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