Play is an essential part of child development. Children learn about their world through playing. If children had one job, play would be it. Children are social beings and desire interaction and communication. When children play, they can learn about themselves as well as others. Through play, children are able to learn to regulate their emotions, interact with peers, teachers, and their environment. Play enables children to expand their attention span and to enhance intrinsic motivation. Play is a meaningful part of child development because it allows children to grow in all areas of development. This enhances their ability to reach and surpass milestones of development. Play serves as an outlet for children to discover their true selves and become who they were meant to be. Unfortunately, play is slowly disappearing in schools. Educators should prioritize play, because it is truly how children learn and discover. Play makes a child whole. It is a fundamental part of overall development and makes the child who they are and influences who they become.
Keywords: attention span, regulate emotions, interaction, intrinsic motivation
Year Manuscript Completed
Senior Project Advisor
Dr. Jessica Branch
Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree
Field of Study
Whitman, Elizabeth, "The Impact of Social Play on Young Children" (2018). Integrated Studies. 94.