The Importance of Inclusive Play
Feb 15, 2023
Through play, children learn about the environment, themselves, and others! It enables everyone to connect with their surroundings, with other people and with themselves in the same space and develop a sense of equality and togetherness.
What is Inclusive Play? 🌈
Inclusive play encourages children of all abilities to play together – to talk, to share and to connect! It allows kids to develop an understanding and appreciation of each other’s strengths and challenges.
Kids with a diverse range of abilities playing together in the same space will develop a sense of equality and togetherness they will never experience if they remain separated in play. It allows them all to interact with one another, exposing their differences, but highlighting their similarities at the same time, helping them to develop an awareness, respect and understanding of people with all abilities.
1. Inclusive Play provides safe social space!
Social play is any type of play where two or more children are interacting with each other. Playing with others is an important part of how children develop social skills. Through social play, they learn how to:
🔹 Communicate their ideas
🔹 Include and listen to others
🔹 Resolve conflicts
🔹 Take turns and share
🔹 Recognize others’ needs and emotions
2. It offers interactive family time!
Familial relationships are some of the most important ones in a person’s life. Inclusive play can bring family members together, providing a space that promotes engagement and play for all, no matter their age.
3. Encourages community engagement
Inclusive play can help families who attend different schools, for example, form connections. It provides the perfect space for them to make friends and enjoy playtime with other children in their town. An inclusive playground can become the centerpiece of a connected community. 💕
4. Increases self-esteem and boosts confidence
Children with higher self-esteem are more likely to achieve their personal and academic goals and enjoy positive relationships with parents and peers. The activities kids engage in on the playground can help them build their confidence further. Each time a child enjoys a positive interaction with their peers during play, this can provide an excellent boost to their self-esteem.
5. Promotes sensory play for all
Provide rich and varied sensory experiences through inclusive play! With the right design choices, a playground can engage all the senses, including tactile, auditory, visual, and smell and taste.
Dolls and Toys for All! 🧸
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