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The benefits of adventure play

 
Adventure play or imaginative play is all about giving preschoolers a wide range of resources and materials to have fun, experiment and build their own creations. Adventure play also comes with many benefits. Find out more about the benefits of adventure play, finding a location, materials to use and your role as a parent in adventure play.
Adventure play or imaginative play comes with many benefits for preschoolers and is all about giving them a wide range of resources and materials to have fun, experiment and build their own creations.
 

The benefits of adventure play for preschoolers

 

Benefits of adventure play

 
  • Adventure play encourages preschoolers to ask questions, use their imagination, problem-solve and work through the process of developing their own ideas through their play.
 
  • As preschoolers play with and alongside each other, they engage in conversations to share their thoughts and ideas, make decisions about their play, turn-take and negotiate.
 
  • Through the use of different resources, preschoolers learn about mathematical concepts such as fitting equipment together and moving in spaces they have created such as in, around, under and over the objects.
 

Finding a location for adventure play

 
  • Providing activities for preschoolers to use their imagination and engage in adventure play can be easily set up in a home environment.
 
  • However adventure play does not necessarily have to take place indoors. Taking the equipment and resources outdoors on a fine day provides a natural environment for play to develop.
 

Materials to use for adventure play

 
  • Materials such as blankets, cardboard boxes, dress-up clothes, driftwood, material remnants and any other natural or recyclable materials found in and around your home can provide preschoolers with the resources to use their imagination and be creative.
 
  • Adventure play tends to work best when the materials are available in a clear space, providing plenty of room for the play to grow and expand.
 

Adults role in adventure play

 
  • As adults, we can support our preschoolers by creating a clear and safe environment, listening to their thoughts and ideas, encouraging them to put their ideas into practice and allowing them to explore at their own pace.

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Source: This article was written by Nurtured At Home - providing high quality learning environments in a safe and nurturing home.
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