The world is an ever-changing place. It goes without saying that every generation in our society has had different challenges when growing up, depending on the society in which they were raised. It’s also fair to say that today’s kids face a radically different set of challenges than any generations which have come before them. This is mainly due to the increased globalisation of our world.
Play is essential for a healthy and happy children’s development. It helps kids to develop a wide range of skills and understandings. Playing, children reflect what is important in their lives. Play can take several forms and it changes as children grow older. It could be indoors or outdoors, quiet or loud, clean or messy, funny or thoughtful. Children play for different reasons. They can explore to learn new things or it can be to consolidate or improve a skill. Our role as adults is to facilitate play for them. Learn how here.
When children pretend play they build social skills, language skills and self-control.
Unlike video games imaginative play requires children to invent their own stories. By doing this they are training their brains to transform ideas into words, this improves vocabulary and grammar. They’re also looking outside their own needs and desires.
Wannabees Family Play Town offers children a chance to dress up and try out some popular professions. The miniature town has 12 shops including a bank, beauty salon, hospital and supermarket. The fire station even has a fake fire that the children – dressed in firefighter gear – can help put out with a hose.