Play and Socializing
Being with other children gives the children important experience and knowledge of how to interact with other human beings in our society. A good and healthy social development is important to be able to make friends, to play and to learn. Play is essential for young children’s cognitive, social, emotional, physical and brain development. Through play, children construct meaning and define themselves as members of a learning community. Children develops social competence through everyday action and experience, when they are able to learn about how they and other reacts in interactions with each other. Play enables children to share ideas, experiences and reflections. These exchanges take place through discussions and support for each other. Early childhood is an important time when children lay the foundation for their view of themselves as learners and their ability to decide the course to take within learning groups. They develop their sense of autonomy and identity and their ability to make informed decisions within environments that offer opportunities for them to actively interact and reflect.
“During play, children’s language is more complex than in most other activities; they use greater vocabulary and they use longer utterances than they do in most other situations” (Scales et al 1991).