Do Long Play Spanish Children?

The moments of game of our children are important, since they are babies. But, do children spend enough time to play? Spanish parents with children aged between one and nine years have contributed to the study on the “adult perception of toys in Spain”, that interesting conclusions are drawn.

Parents in general value toys in a very positive way, even if the analysis notes the lack of time to play with them. The toy is valued as a learning tool which arouses curiosity, promotes independence, stimulate creativity and imagination and improves the concentration of children, among other benefits for development.

The study, prepared by the Observatory of the toy market of AIJU for the Spanish Association of toy manufacturers (Assotiation) shows that the purchase of toys is performed throughout the year, although there are certain key dates, such as the Christmas.

But, on the other hand, Spanish families acknowledge concern because children have little time to play. The average game time during the week is usually range from one to two hours a day, although it depends on the age. We need to know some bands (from three to seven years), but these would be specified in the study game times:

  • The children of one and two years play more than three hours a day
  • Seven and eight years, play between one and two hours.
  • From nine years there is a trend to decrease the game time up to even less than an hour during the week.

Obviously, weekend increases the playing time more than three hours a day in all ages. This circumstance decreases with age according to the study since 70% of the children aged between three and four years confirm that they play more than three hours a day for only 50% of nine or more years.

With kids who play

Regarding the playmates, most Spanish families listed in the study that the brothers and cousins they tend to be their playmates, followed by parents and by children playing alone. Although children of minor age who share more playing time with his parents (83% in children aged one to two years), factor that goes away with age.

As they grow, children prefer to play with his brothers and cousins (I imagine that also parents leave them more “at your leisure”) until you reach 70% of the cases among the children of a from nine years.

The study, which covers the whole of the Spanish territory, has been made by a total sample of 300 families with children aged between one and nine years.

Highlights that 90% of the people interviewed were women, and 10% men. Are they that know more of children’s games? Taking into account that the majority of members of the couple who put aside work to look after the children are mothers, it makes sense.

In any case, this study has made me make me a purpose: try that my daughters continue to enjoy long games and toys as they grow. And incidentally play me a little more…