The Women’s Wellness of New Jersey Playgroup is a free program that meets several times a week in the Women’s Wellness of New Jersey Classroom. Playgroup is comprised of moms with children of different ages, ranging from infants through Kindergarten. Each hour-long session provides music, toys, games, and activities for children to explore such as sensory balls, blocks, puzzles, dolls, cars, and bean bags. We also have a parachute, crawl tunnel, and play tent to keep the young ones active! A snack such as pretzels, raisins, or crackers is provided.
We understand the value of early play and socialization for our children and also the importance for us, as moms, to socialize. When we come together, we talk informally about all different topics pertinent to moms today while our children have a safe, clean space to play and interact.
There is no registration required to attend Playgroup. New moms and children are always welcome! You do not need to be a client of Women’s Wellness of New Jersey to attend! The times of the sessions vary to accommodate both working and stay-at-home parent schedules. Our playgroups are also conveniently scheduled so that parents can take advantage of other WWNJ programs during one trip. For example, many families come to our Monday playgroup then visit Dr. Tami for a chiropractic adjustment before, during, or afterwards. Please visit the WWNJ calendar for the complete listing of programs and activities as well as the dates and times.
10 Important Facts About Play
Credit: Laurel Bongiorno
1. Children Learn Through Play.
We should never underestimate the importance of play! Through play, children learn and develop cognitive skills, physical abilities, social skills and literary skills including new vocabulary.
2. Play Creates Healthy Children.
Play helps children to grow strong and healthy and counteracts obesity issues.
3. Play Alleviates Stress.
Play helps children grow emotionally and provides an excellent outlet for anxiety and stress.
4. There is more to Play than Meets the Eye.
Play is both simple and complex. There are many types of play including symbolic, sociodramatic, functional, and games with rules.
5. Schedule Time for Play.
Parents are the biggest supporters of their child’s ability to learn. We need to make sure children are given as much time to play as possible during the day which will encourage and promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.
6. Play and Learning are One in the Same.
Play and learning are intertwined, they are not separate activities. A great way to think about them is as a science lecture with a lab. Play therfore is the child’s lab.
7. Play Outdoors.
Recall your own outdoor experiences…building forts, playing on the beach, sledding or building snowmen in the winter, or playing with other children in the neighborhood. Be sure that your children are able to create special outdoor memories too.
8. There’s A Lot We Can Learn About Play.
There is a whole host of information written on children and play. Here are a few NAEYC articles and books about play. The Power of Play by Elkind is also a great resource.
9. Trust Those Playful Instincts.
Remember how play came naturally when you were a child? Allow your children time for play and witness all that they are capable of!
10. Play is the Perfect Context for Learning.
Children practice and reinforce learning in multiple ways during play. Play gives them a place and a time for learning that cannot be achieved by completing a worksheet. Play not only provides rich learning opportunities, but also leads to children’s success and self-esteem.
Our Playgroup Leaders
All of our Playgroup leaders have young children and lead lifestyles that are geared toward wellness.