The subtleties behind children’s play is often a crucial part to their development and is often overlooked. From the beginning children are eager to try and understand the world around them. Playing is the world children learn how to problem solve, communicate, play with others and figure out how to get what they want.
Any parents knows that if they have watched their children play for any length of time then they will be aware of the concentration that goes into playing, it’s a serious thing in a child’s mind. This is the same passion, creativity and focus that scientists bring into their work.
An 8-week-old for example with learn about communication through smiles, hugs and even tickling, which is all through the joy of close relationships. A toddler will use their body and mind to explore the world around them with overcoming great obstacles. They learn about concepts like in and out and up and down. As they begin to reach the age of 3 years the game goes into pretend-play and developing their ideas of how to engage with other children and create new games with play.
Therefore, encouraging a child’s play is important and is one of the fundamentals to promote a healthy child’s development. There are different ways to encourage their development and it begins from the start on day one.
When you show a baby just newly born interesting objects both in texture and colour you spark their interest. This is beginning of the next NASA agent will to explore the unknown expansiveness of space and time.
As children become older that initial curiosity becomes partly satisfied as they can begin to grab and touch, which helps them understand what the object is. Things like shaking, banging and touching is like us investigating the physical properties of the atom under a microscope. Children learn concepts like if a button is pushed then an object moves and this cause and effect principle begins to increase their curiosity, because if there are so many hidden potential objects to explore then life is fun and interesting.
Play builds a child’s confidence and self-esteem, because solving problems is the aim of the game and the more playful games that create opportunities to solve problems the more interesting things are.
As children become older they begin to use imitation to get a sense of others possible thoughts and feelings, which develop a child’s ability to anticipate what the others might think or act like. This is important and will increase their awareness of their surroundings.
Children use their growing memory to copy and imitate others so they can play and pretend. Pretending a bucket is a car or a flying carpet is very important for their imagination and these act like symbols for the real thing. Understanding symbols is important because words are symbols and reading is all about imagination.
People, things and ideas are all symbols and the better we use or imagination the more symbols we can harness for creating and discovering.
Math are symbols used to express possibilities or likely outcomes and children need to begin to understand them for predicating as well.
Social and emotional skills are learnt through symbols and this helps teach them how others might feel. This skill helps them become good friends and good people, because understanding how others might feel is crucial for healthy social relations. However, the most important thing for children to learn through play is by you the parent.
Playtime for kids is very important and the more you play them more they develop, so by playing with the child they will grow into healthy adults.