Play is the main activity of the child during his first years of life, it is the one to which he dedicates the most enthusiasm, energy, and above all, the one he is most excited about. It is estimated that more than 60% of the time a child spends awake is dedicated to playing, and the best thing is that he does so of his own free will, naturally. In fact, it is the only activity that does not need instruction because the child plays almost instinctively.
Therefore, children’s play is much more than just fun: it is a learning process for adult life through which the child learns everything about his environment. Not in vain many assure that it is the first test of the life. Through play, the child begins to interact with everything around him, knows his environment and develops his skills.
Develop motor skills
Playful activity is a great exercise for your child to develop gross motor skills. It allows to improve balance and hand-eye coordination, at the same time that it becomes a perfect workout to consolidate physical exercises such as walking, jumping and running. In addition, it is perfect for stimulating fine motor skills through grasping toys and drawing.
Stimulates intellectual and cognitive development
Play is a vital activity in the cognitive and intellectual development of a child. Through playful activity, the child can represent the world around him, establishing his own symbols to imitate the attitudes and behaviors of adults. In fact, through this imitation game the child assimilates the content of his environment based on concrete models to later recreate more abstract and creative situations. Throughout that process, perception, thought, creativity, and imagination develop, as you learn new problem-solving strategies.
Models the personality
Through play, the child assimilates different attitudes and ways of acting appropriate to his environment and little by little, he develops his own tastes, interests, ways of behaving and relating to others; that is to say, it is shaping their personality. In this process, self-concept, self-esteem and self-worth are also formed and consolidated, while emotional expression is stimulated. In addition, play is a great way for children to develop skills that will allow them to deal with conflicts or everyday situations such as school problems, the birth of a sibling or changing schools.
Promotes communication and social interaction
Interacting with adults and other children through play is much easier than doing it directly. For this reason, children use play activities as a tool to communicate with the people around them and make new friends. Consequently, play becomes the first socializing agent because it is through this that the child, who has not yet learned to relate to others, manages to establish new relationships. Plus, it’s a great way to develop language and communication skills.