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The game and its importance for the child

The game and its importance for the child


The game is the life of the child. The child develops through play, this being the first stage of learning and creative activity. The child acquires new skills and experiences through play, cultivates his spirit of observation, memory, attention, fantasy, thinking and artistic spirit.

Besides these qualities, play is considered the main activity with a role in the development and education of the child and also has a positive role in its relaxation.

Child's play and development

The game is crucial in the normal development of the child, including the social, emotional, mental and cognitive development. Play is a method of knowing one's body or the things that surround it.

Immediately after birth the 5 essential senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste and tactile sense) develop gradually and improve until around the age of 1 year (the vision is limited in the first 3-4 months, the child manages to see objects until a distance of 25-40 centimeters, the formation and development of the acoustic nerves is almost definitive since birth, the other senses also developing in time).

The child's play satisfies his main needs, namely: the need to move, to create, to be accepted, to satisfy his curiosities and not least to destroy.

The latter need is difficult to understand, especially by parents, but it expresses the child's research spirit.

The essence of the game is the exploration, and for the beginning it begins by simply observing and analyzing the surrounding objects, then exploring the other possibilities: climbing, walking, assembling and destroying different objects, etc.

As you get older, the style of play changes. It becomes much more complex and imaginative. Children exercise through their play different skills and qualities such as independence, creativity, curiosity and ability to solve some problems.

The game can also be considered a very good method of exploring personal feelings and values. Often sharing toys with other children or siblings is preceded by giving them to a doll or the first "thank you" or "please" may be accidentally expressed during an imaginary game with friends or toys.

Types of games and toys

The type of game recommended for a child differs from one age to another and takes into account other factors such as the personality of the child, the gender of the child and his / her preferences. Due to the major impact the game has on the child's psychosomatic development, choosing the right game is a pretty big responsibility for the parents.

A 3-4 month old baby who has just learned to grip the objects around should play with large toys, plus or other toys that do not require difficult handling for use. After one year of age, the children's game changes, preferring the more complex toys.

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