Communication, a form of intelligence that can be learned through play
By playing with his peers, the child learns about communication. He must express his likes, his dislikes, how he views play time, etc. When very young, his communication is non-verbal, but as he grows older, he becomes comfortable with verbal communication. When unhappy, he may even announce that he wants to stop playing. He is embarking on the process of assertiveness. He tests the effect of his words on others, learns to share his knowledge and discovers how to foster and improve communication. The ability to communicate increases as the child calls upon his reasoning.
In terms of language alone, since the child interacts with others and is attentive to what they have to say, he expands his vocabulary and adds new words. His parents and caregivers have talked to him a lot, sung songs, read stories and encouraged him to express himself and answer questions. Undoubtedly, he will find it easier to engage in conversation and stimulate dialogue. Moreover, he may even be the one to teach new words to his friends!
Children learn through play ! This is why Jambette develops and designs play equipment that promotes the child's cognitive and language development. To learn more about how play contributes to every aspect of child development, download our Clever Little Guide to Getting Children Out to Play .