Playgroups help children develop social skills such as taking turns, sharing, cooperating and solving conflicts. They are a great way for children to learn the skill of making friends and it is a skill that needs to be learnt. What better place to learn it than on neutral territory.
Playgroups also provide an opportunity to try new activities like group games and playdough or finger painting.
Playgroups also help build self-esteem - the feeling of I can. I can join in, I can feel safe here, I can do these activities, I can wait for my turn.
Children and Friends
In the toddler years children begin to establish contact with other children, to learn how to play and begin to choose specific children as friends. In childhood friendship is not shown in talking with the other child, but in time spent together doing the same thing.
Visit SunSpirits Steiner Inspired Playgroup to see more photos of a playgroup in action.
Here they are planting a eucalypt tree during their Autumn Gardening
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