School Readiness And Beyond: The RDA Of Play
| Recognizing the documented benefits of pretend play, PLAYMOBIL and Yale Researcher Dr. Dorothy Singer recently developed the first-ever Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of Play designed to aid a child's school readiness and elementary school success. The RDA of Play is a set of guidelines on how parents can foster imagination and learning in their children. It is composed of three key elements: time for play, space for play and a guide for play (click on left side of picture below to learn more).
By following the RDA of Play, children will gain cognitive, language, emotional, social and physical skills that help them become productive and happy adults:
Children can create their own "A Christmas Story" with My Take-Along Holiday Home, developing seasonal storylines starring Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and their elves, and enhance the vocabulary they learn from books and everyday life by telling stories through play.
Who says math can't be fun when you're learning it through PLAYMOBIL's Bank Counter, Bakery and DHL Delivery Truck? From getting comfortable with numbers by identifying street addresses and counting play money to learning about shapes with a variety of bread and grocery products, math becomes colorful, rather than just numbers.
A day in the life of Dino Expedition adventurers: Navigate the North Pole with a compass, find the dinosaur and uncover it by cracking the ice! Through this pretend play, children learn about logical sequences of events.
PLAYMOBIL's Grande Mansion encourages kids to get together as the creative heads of this household - putting their hands and minds together in decorating each individual room with furniture and accessories.
The My Take-Along sets are easily carried from place to place, so children can share their toys wherever they go, with kindergarten schoolmates or cousins at grandma's. Even the playscapes "share" figurines - Santa from the Holiday Home visits the Dollhouse to deliver presents and pirates bring gold coins from the Pirate Treasure Chest home to the Dollhouse after a buccaneering adventure!
Whether the Empire Castle and the Rock Castle are joining forces against the bad guys or staging a friendly fight against one another, children learn how to take turns creating war scenes and strategies in response to their friends' battle charges.
Embracing joy and liveliness
All PLAYMOBIL figurines have friendly faces and appealing, soothing smiles that mirror how children typically view adults. Whether the child is pretending to be a Fireman at the Fire Station or a Viking, Pirate, Knight or even the Red Dragon, these playscapes always inject a positive vibe into imaginative play, while inspiring movement and interactivity with figurines and accessories.
Resolving conflicts and learning self-control.
Through play, children practice how to settle arguments over a toy through discussion rather than aggression, whether it's bargaining over the price of groceries at the PLAYMOBIL Store or Bakery or how to best rescue the trapped dinosaur. They later generalize this constructive behavior into a play situation with their friends.
Enhancing physical coordination and sharpening the senses
Between constructing the Knights' Castles, setting up house in the Grande Mansion and equipping explorers with the picks and shovels needed to free the dinosaur, make-believe play with PLAYMOBIL improves fine motor skills by encouraging hand-eye coordination and honing children's visual and touch senses.
Thirty minutes of imaginative, make-believe play daily will noticeably improve children´s cognitve, social, emotional and motor skills.
Assigning a play spare, an area where toys do not always have to be picked up, so that imagination can take over and house rules don´t apply encourages children to engage in pretend play more often.
Parents can best serve as a play guide and encourage quality play by following these tips:
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