Children learn many information that will contribute to their life through games. Playing is primary need for children just like food, shelter, sleep. Games are the best tools to learn self-expression, discover talents and develop linguistic, mental and emotional skills. Games are children’s language. Children who cannot yet talk express themselves though games and reflect their inner motivation.
Games allow children to develop their talents, they are also fun times spend with parents and siblings. The significant point here is allowing children to have fun time while they develop their skills.
Effect of Toys
Choosing toys are also important since they are the basis of games. Developing and gaining skills during the game is through toys. Toy should be helpful to develop motor skills, increase imagination, and teach solution focused approach. Child’s age is the primary criteria about choosing toys. When children get older, the number of toys that they can play increase. A new born baby’s first toy is mother that he/she is used to see most. Baby try to learn the objects and their function by touching them and imitating grown up’s behaviors. After two years, child who experience life by imitating becomes a social individual.
Games by Ages
Age also determines what, how and with who child is going to play. For example, children who are 3 years old play alone even though they are surrounded by other children and can observe other children’s games. However, after that age, it can be observed that child communicates with other children, start to share toys. Children who are 4 years old start to create games with imagination and play corporately. When they are 5-6 years old, games are based on a rules and they reveal characteristics of child like being leader or follower.
Parents are closest play-mate for children. Except for daily conversation, child activates like playing build a stronger communication between parent and child. Moreover, it is easier for parents to teach children some rules through games. For example, instead of saying “wash your hands before dinner”, it would be easier to teach them by showing the same behavior on dolls during games.
Sometimes parents buy lots of toys for children to admire their success or just because they can’t say “no” to them. However, the important thing is not what children have, but how they play with the toys that they have. Pillows, paper planes, ships can be very entertaining toys for children. Too many toys would decrease the duration of concentration for children and might create dissatisfaction.