The new year marks a new adventure for me, my son, and now my playful toddler who just turned two last month. Being a work-at-home mom, I make sure to it that I am not the only one busy with my work but my kids too, with play or study. Our activities includes book reading, doing arts and crafts, watching educational cartoons, and playing with their different toys at home. In addition to my kid’s activities, Creative Play Develops Multiple Intelligence.
It was a few months ago when I learned about ExploreSandbox. This is a monthly themed subscription box, for kids aged 3 to 7, that is delivered straight to your doorstep. It contains 5 to 6 activities that revolve around a common theme. The first box that we had was in a theme for Halloween. The second one was “The Night Sky” shown in the photo above. The arts & crafts are so relaxing to do. The simple experiments makes children amazed and learned something from it. This is an excellent example of a creative play that help develops Multiple Intelligence in our kids. I have observed that while we did the creative play in a box, he asked so many questions with his discovery from a certain activity in a way in becoming brain smart. With creative play, we found it fun to do the activities together with other kids like his cousin who helped him in completing the experiment. The bonding, communication, and the way my son responds and follows develops him in becoming people smart.
Letting our kids to play freely helps them in becoming body smart. With Lego play after he connected or built the character, he is hopping these characters to his different toys like the one you see in the photo with a red Ferrari F50 car. This is indeed a part of creative play using his imagination to the roles of the characters he’s holding.
I just wanted to share a part in an interview to Dr. Randa Grob-Zakhary, CEO of the LEGO Foundation about “The Transformative Power Of Play And Its Link To Creativity” by Rahim Kanani, a contributor at www.forbes.com related to the creative play.
Kanani: When you talk about play unlocking learning and developmental benefits, what are some of the scientific insights you’ve discovered?
Grob-Zakhary: What we in the LEGO Foundation focus on is the intersection of play and learning. When children reach the age of three, they are already robustly developing areas key to executive functions, the critical cognitive processes that are important predictors of success in school, such as problem-solving, sustaining attention, planning and directing activities, and monitoring performance. Or in other words: skills that equip you for life. Research shows that our brain growth is 90 percent complete by age six. Which means that while the brain matures significantly throughout adolescence and young adulthood, our brain´s blueprint for certain critical capabilities is established by this age.
And this is where play comes in; it’s one of our brain’s favorite ways to learn. When children are active participants in their education, they gain more from the experience, are more engaged in the learning process, and do better in school. Play allows us to test our capabilities, as all forms of learning should. It stimulates children’s learning abilities by fostering creativity, building critical thinking, sparking intellectual curiosity, and facilitating learning by doing. Learning by doing deepens our engagement and understanding significantly, and strengthens the most important pathways our brains use to learn and develop.
The way we see it at LEGO Foundation is that play is not a luxury; it’s the way to support brain development and our children’s potential. This is why we see play as a serious solution to the challenge of fostering vital skills in our children, and preparing them to navigate today´s world. We work to empower and equip children to create a better future for themselves and their societies by ensuring the value of play is understood, embraced and acted upon.
To read more on the interview, visit the page here.
To all parents and guardians, let us support our kid’s activity with creative play and help them develop multiple intelligence.