Game and Child

Based on the definition of “a person whose profession is a game is called a child”, playing games is of great importance for the emotional and mental development of the child.

The child reveals his mental state during the game process. Play is a transition area between the real world of the child and the world of imagination. (Winnicott) He tries to complete, change or make sense of what he cannot display or experience in real life, during the game process.

Generally, families think that their children should have fun while playing. But the game; It helps the child learn many skills, reconstruct his psychological, social and physical inner world, gain life skills and gain experience. Play is a free activity that arises spontaneously due to the facts that the child needs at that moment, has no goal and brings happiness.

Children gain a lot of skills through play. The main ones are; To know and understand the world he lives in and the people around him, to think and gain experience, to develop his imitation ability and imagination, to gain skills in getting used to real life, to gain self-confidence, to develop his personality, to know himself, to learn to share, to develop a sense of empathy, to make sense of his emotions correctly, and learning to deal with them, expressing emotions and learning to use language correctly.

Game preferences of children according to age groups

0-1 Age:

Play activity for babies aged 0-1 is basically looking at people around and catching objects near them, trying to discover toys and objects by pulling and hitting them.

2-3 Years:

From the age of 2, children turn to dramatic games where they can stimulate their culture and daily life. These are games aimed at personification and using objects, such as housekeeping, imitating occupational groups.

Between the ages of 2-4 is also the Parallel game period. During this period, children use the same toys in the same environment, but play independently of each other. Although children have little social interaction in parallel play, interacting to ask each other for toys occurs in this age cycle.

4-6 Years:

During this period, children begin to realize their gender roles. For this reason, in this age cycle, girls tend to play with dolls and house, while boys’ games tend to be group games and more masculine toys. Thus, they started to experience identity-making in games.

What should we pay attention to while playing the game?

As we mentioned, playing games is a process that has more facts for children than just having fun. For this reason, it is important that you observe your children while they are playing. It is important that you play with your children from time to time in the way they want, so that you can speak the same language with your children and make your children feel the message “I understand you”. It is important to determine time zones and play the game your child wants with the rules set by your child. But how?

In the roles he wants, where he wants… Don’t forget! Here, the owner of the game is the child, you don’t need to guess anything or understand the chickpea without saying “lebleb”. The child should feel that he can teach you and manage you as part of the game. For example, if he is asking you a question; don’t answer right away and often your first answers may be wrong… so the child will feel that he has corrected your mistakes and will increase his motivation while boosting his self-confidence.

So, should parents not launch or install games at all?

Of course not. You can have fun while teaching your children boundaries by setting up games and setting a framework.

Game Suggestions

– Storytelling

– Newspaper Creation

– Cinema Day

– Talking on Science Journals and Experiment Activity

– Making Toys from Household Materials

– Kitchen Events

– Activity Toys

– Music Toys

– Puzzles

– Shapeable Toys (Dough, Clay, Kinetic Sand, Mud, etc.)

– Building Toys

– House Games

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