Here are a few important benefits of free play for children:
1) Imagination at play: Without any pre-set rules and instructions, free play allows kids to use their own imagination and come up with their own rule book.
2) Promotes Personal, Social and Emotional Development- During free play, children learn how to work in a team, among friends they learn how to take turns, they learn how to listen to others and develop their leadership skills.
3)Encourages children to take their own decisions- Because free play is driven by children themselves, they have the chance to learn on their own while playing alone or among friends, they learn how to evaluate a situation and make their own decisions.
4) Help children learn more about themselves: Since free play is child initiated, they learn to explore their creative side and understand their likes and dislikes better.
5) Fosters decision-making skills: Unstructured play provides many opportunities to make choices while playing alone or while playing in a group.
It is important to note that free play is a tool for developing a child as a whole and does not include time on gadgets. True free play is child-initiated, spontaneous and guided by the child’s imagination without the direction of an adult.