The importance of playing...
Play is first of all the child's language, it is the way he/she communicates. Through play, the child can express a wide range of emotions, much more than they can express by talking.
Through symbolic play the child practices situations and skills that will be fundamental for the future. By playing to cook a meal, being a teacher, or playing mums and dads, the child understands the environment that surrounds him/her and at the same time, it stimulates his/her imagination, creativeness, language as well as his/her attention.
The mutual interaction generated through play is very important to generate strong and sustainable bonds. When we play with a child we show our interest in being with him/her and having fun together. The affective connections that are generated when playing with another stimulate very important nervous connections in the child's brain.
It is important that the child has educational toys that stimulate learning and development in a fun way.
Play changes as the child grow
O to 2 years old
Before the age of 2 it is very important the sensory play, that the child experiences various textures, that he/she recognizes their environment. Our sensory bottles can be a great option for this purpose. They encourage concentration, co-ordination, and a state of calm and rest. The first years of a child's life are the most important for their development, so it is important to give them quality toys that encourage their development, with no batteries and multiple textures.
Also within this age, the child begins to walk, to control their body and thus he/she needs to play with toys that stimulate mobility (ex: construction games, balls, play gym)
2 to 4 years old
After the age of two the child continues to experiment with his/her senses, here you can implement our sensory boxes or spy bottles which stimulate and connect he input derived from the senses as well as the cognitive development through the activities included. At this age the child also starts to play symbolically, he/she begins to have more control of his/her body, and his/her fine motor skills continue to improve. Toys such as bicycles, hammocks, constructions, paints and role-playing can be recommended here. It is important that the toys are as simple as possible to stimulate the child's creativity and language.
4 to 6 years old
At this age, friends become an important part of their lives, you can start implementing rule-based games such as board games where the child can play with others, take turns, tolerate frustrations when losing.
6 to 8 years old
The child can now play more complex games, science experiments, big constructions, puzzles, crafts, board games with more difficulty, brain games.
8 years old and above
Play is important at all ages, older children, teenagers and adults, it is always healthy to have hours of leisure to have fun alone and with others. So play hard and enjoy life!
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing". (George Bernard Shaw)