May 9, 2023

The Importance of Unstructured Play in Child Development

While play is very important to a child’s development, there is also the added bonus of unstructured play. This will involve setting up a safe space for your child to pick out whatever interests them and make fun for themselves. It’s a good technique to use to help children learn about what they enjoy about play time and how it can boost their learning.

Here are some reasons why unstructured play is integral to a child’s development.

supporting a childs development through unstructured play.  Coloured building blocks with child's hand on top

Teaches your child to be curious

Curiosity will allow your child to feel comfortable to take on lots of different activities. Unstructured play gives your child the power to pick up whatever interests them, which means no direction from others and no pressure to try particular things out. Curiosity is a key development skill for children that can help them see the fun in everyday learning.

Improves a child’s confidence

Being confident also helps your child with their ability to explore new things without the pressure of direction. They could pick up a range of toys to enjoy playing with, curiously explore each element of the toy and its features. They could also freely play with building blocks, paint whatever they decide to create or head outside and let their curiosity take them somewhere else. It all boosts a child’s confidence.

Helps a child develop their critical thinking skills

Unstructured means a child is going to have to handle their own play time, which will involve a lot of thinking about where to go next. Having your child freely play ensures that they can have time to look at what is in front of them and put together their next move. Critical thinking is important in somewhere like a day nursery in Hyde Park so that your child can play without much direction from their teachers.

The important thing to consider in unstructured play is that your child should be exploring it at least once a week. Try it with your child today and see the difference in their play time experience.

Thanks for reading xxx

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Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.

I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.

I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.

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