Here are a number of activity ideas that your child can complete independently. It is important for your child to play independently at some points throughout the day, to develop a new set of skills, and allow them to investigate, experiment and tackle problems on their own.
It promotes physical development: Many everyday tasks, such as hanging up clothes, doing up zips, pouring drinks and tidying away toys, all involve using physical co-ordination and make an excellent foundation for later skills such as handwriting and drawing.
It enables children to gain first hand knowledge: When children gain the chance to do things on their own, they are most likely to learn things efficiently. It is because they got to learn through trial and error. It teaches children self-discipline.
It enhances children’s self-esteem and confidence: When independence grows a child's confidence also grows. As they master new skills or take on some responsibility, they begin to see themselves as being capable. This gives them added confidence and makes them more likely to try out new things.
It prepares children to handle failure and stress. Preparing children to handle stress is easy, if they have the chance to become independent. They will learn to take negative feelings lightly.
It gives the opportunity to choose what will make them happy. Children need to practise to make choices. Adults can give them set of choices, where children have the freedom to pick one. Here they also learn that in life they cannot have everything.