Free play or also known as unstructured play allows children freedom and space to create their own games or imaginative worlds. They can be on their own, with other kids or even with parents. There are no predetermined rules or structures. Free play can happen out in the open, in playgrounds, or anywhere in the home.
Parents tend to interact more positively with their children when taking part in free play.
Children become more creative compared with playing within set parameters.
Children develop social skills when free playing with other children – they learn to communicate and socialise with their peers. They learn to ‘figure stuff out’ by themselves.
Structured activities have great importance for building specific skills and providing opportunities for success, but make sure to allow time for kids to play freely too!