Children through play develop the natural tendencies to touch, feel and interact with things around them and their immediate environment.They learn through play and play through learning without any planned outcome by themselves.
Unstructured play as it appears is one of the forms of play necessary for early years Learning and development. Through unstructured play, children learn things such as climbing heights,playing hide and seek leading them to create amusement,fun and laughter they need.It can sometimes be challenging and parents may find it difficult allowing their children to be motivated by interests that leave them bruises.Despite this,it is still important to allow children take some forms of risks in exploring with their immediate environment to learn and define their own personal limits.
Unstructured play presents an opportunity for parents and early years educators to tap into childrens interests and motivations for problem solving in and outside classroom.A child may have poor attention during Learning session and her interests in unstructured play may support redesigning of structured play considering her particular interest to motivate her to boost attention skills for better classroom learning outcomes.
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Story by: Barikisu Sumaila
(a columnist for Afrikanmum.com and an early years educator).