What Social Play does for Our Children.
Social skills are a fundamental part of our lives both as adults and children. Humans are social creatures, something that we have learned in a very difficult way over the past recent years.
We need interaction with others to stay mentally healthy but also as part of the process to understand how others see and experience things.
For children, this is no different. The first years of a children’s life are with the parents and caretakers, so the initial approach to social interaction can be difficult and full of fear. And yet, it is fundamental to promote social play like any other aspect of child development.
What is social play?
According to the American Phycological Association, social play can be defined as:
“Play that involves interacting with others for fun or sport. Examples include rough-and-tumble play and sometimes sociodramatic play. It is one of three basic types of play traditionally identified, the others being object play and locomotor play (…)”
Social play usually starts around 24 months (after the first stage of unoccupied play), when children engage in parallel play. At this particular stage, which is kind of funny to watch, the child begins showing interest in their peers. It is very common to see children playing side by side but without really interacting with each other.
After that, a journey for social interaction will begin, and our children will start slowly interacting with other children, especially in playing situations. This is why social play is such an important part of growing up.
A child with good social skills will have no problem having friends or knowing how to handle themselves in social situations like the office or a party.
Usually, when we think about social skills, we merely think about the ability to have friends. And yes, that is an exceptional part of what constitutes social skills but not the only thing.
We are part of a society therefore, social situations are common for us. To survive in these situations we must have a good set of social skills, which we begin to acquire when we are children.
Social play helps with emotional growth.
As the child grows up, he or she must learn how to interact with others. Since they are used to parents and caretakers who give them almost anything they want, the process of being around someone else might take some getting used to.
Yet, social play is fundamental for children to learn and develop fundamental emotions such as empathy and solidarity. These are the type of emotions that will carry our children through the most difficult situations in life.
Children must be able to put themselves in the shoes of someone else and learn how to react properly to other people’s feelings. This emphatic way of being is something that social play can foster and help to develop, even though it is a process that never really ends.
Besides that, social play will help our children with their problem solving skills. Now that they are with others, they will have to learn how to deal with situations such as having rules for a game, taking turns to use play equipment, sharing toys, and so on.
Outdoor situations are one of the best ways to promote social play and social interaction overall in our children. Having a playground at home can facilitate the social exchange your children need.
Spimbey is here to help you give your children what they need to grow healthy both mentally and physically. Our modular outdoor playsets can host the greatest playing sessions for children and their friends.
The best part of all?
Our playsets are easy to install while preserving top-of-the-line safety measures and great aesthetics.
Spimbey is where a playground is a game away from a Castle.