Game Suggestions for 1 Year Old Child

Play is a tool that allows the child to explore the outside world, learn naturally and actively, develop imitation skills, and provide information about his daily life, his relationships with his parents and his environment. Besides entertainment, play is the most important “work” for the child. It is an important part of growing up.

* What does the game bring to the child?

The game enables the child to overcome the difficulties he encounters. The child playing alone is his own boss in the game. It enables the child to recognize objects and their functions, to learn concepts such as color, shape, size, and to establish cause-effect relationships. It increases the child’s self-confidence and provides social skills. It supports language development. It increases creativity and imagination. Develops fine and gross motor skills.

* What are the games and toys of a 1 year old child?

A 1-year-old child begins to be more interested in his environment with the increase in his ability to move, he wants to play with every object he sees and can reach, and wants to make new discoveries. The need for the game has increased and the game materials have been differentiated. While toys before the age of 1 are mostly audible, light and bright toys aimed at developing visual, auditory and tactile skills, toys that support thinking and hand skills begin to take an important place in the child’s life as of 1 year old. In this period, throwing the shapes into the boxes from the appropriate spaces, placing the shapes in the appropriate spaces (one-piece puzzles), construction toys such as Lego, blocks, games with the theme of house, doctor, toy animals, cars, trucks, airplanes, trains, balls, dolls, soft furry/lint toys, toy telephone, toy fruit-vegetables, toy houseware, water toys, musical instruments, story books, buckets with different shapes, nesting containers, rings arranged from large to small, toys and books that make a sound under pressure, children’s Push, push, pull toys that can be used on their own, play dough, crayons are materials that can be used to support language, cognitive and motor skills.

* Should parents participate in the child’s play?

A 1-year-old child does not have the ability to play with children of his age. Even if they are together and play with the same materials, they can only share a short time with a child of their age with the support of an adult. Although he can play by himself, he often prefers to play with an adult. At this point, parents should definitely participate in the child’s play, but should not be in the position of directing and constantly teaching, they should encourage the child to direct the play. Making choices such as which toy and what to play with, who will use which toy supports the decision-making skills of the child and increases their self-confidence. It is very important for the child that the parents also enjoy playing with the child. Children quickly realize whether their parents are playing with them willingly or compulsively, and stop playing when they feel that the other person is not enjoying themselves. It is difficult for some parents to sit on the floor and play with their child. At this point, the mother or father can find other activities that they would like to do with their child.

* How should the game venue be?

The fact that the playground is a certain place teaches the child to be organized and to follow the rules, as well as to eliminate unwanted clutter. A corner of the child’s room or common living area should be determined for the game, there should not be any sharp, piercing objects other than toys, necessary safety measures (such as socket covers, drawers, cabinets, window locks) should be taken in the playground, toys should be boxed according to their types, play should be done. When the child is finished, the habit of picking up the toy and putting it back should be given to the child.

* Suggestions:

  • When choosing toys, care should be taken that they are made of solid and reliable materials,

  • Instead of popular toys, toys that are suitable for the child’s skills, that support creativity and that have multiple uses should be preferred,

  • More than one toy should not be offered at the same time,

  • When he/she finishes playing with a toy, he/she should be provided to collect and put it back,

  • Some of the toys should be removed in certain periods and re-discovered alternately,

  • Care should be taken not to include other tasks (such as talking on the phone, watching television) in the time allotted for the game,

  • During the game, the child should not be judged, criticized or corrected.

  • The child should be given the opportunity to get to know and explore the toy, and if necessary, support should be provided for other uses of the toy.

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