The Importance of Play for Children’s Development

Today there is more and more awareness of the important role of play in the healthy development of children. In addition, the game is not important only for the child but who, beyond, and as part of it, the game is important to society as they have been shown different research.

The game is an irreplaceable activity to develop the learning capacity of children, since their first games, to which we must respond. So much so, that play is a means of expression and maturation at the physical, cognitive, psychological and social level.

And, especially in these dates that lie ahead and that make us perhaps fall into the excessive purchase of toys, it is worth remembering that toys are not needed to play. There are many games, individual and unique or traditional, next to the toys that we can “make” us with any object capable of being used as such.

In any case, parents must assume a drive and participatory role of any recreational activity, so we teach our children to know what surrounds them and develop in a healthy and happy way.

The game has been present since as the tool through which the human being apprehends the world. In the process of child development, the conquest of the autonomy is summarized in a progressive understanding and adaptation to the world, a natural, complex and gradual process of acquiring skills.

For example, the symbolic games, imitations, the costumes… help to put themselves in the place of another and to understand their environment, at the time that discover their possibilities and interacts with society to play in group, creating a kind of bridge between his inner world and culture.

In short, apart from the pleasure of fun and entertainment, the game is fundamental for the development of children and its relationship with the people and the world that surrounds them, helping to shape his personality, his way of learning and curiosity throughout life.