Family/Parenting » Importance of play. by: Tony4mega(m) .:. Thu, 13 Feb, 2020 - 10:15:25:pm GMT
Play is a vital aspect of child development. Children pass through various
stages of play. These help them make sense of what is happening around
them and prepare them for the world. The normal progression starts with
babies touching objects and surfaces, and exploring their environment.
Toddlers often adopt an object: a blanket, a toy etc. as an extension of
themselves. The object becomes a companion.
The child then slowly moves into the realm of symbolism. Objects can
represent something or somebody. A plate may become an airplane, a
broomstick or a sword. Finally, the child begins to act out situations. S/he
pretends to be somebody or somewhere else. At this stage the child
becomes involved in role-playing. Children often act out what they have
seen adults do or imitate dramas from TV. This make-believe play starts
to involve others and is a key step towards socialization.
These stages are common in children from most backgrounds in any
geographical location. They are instinctive procedures towards growing
up. But for some, the opportunity or facilities for play are restricted or
even denied. Children raised in poverty or deprivation are often
malnourished and do not have the energy to enjoy their early childhood.
They have no toys and are often moved around too often to make friends
and play with other children.
So, belatedly, we should be able to make play available to the children we
work with, no matter how old they are. When we play with our own
children, we enjoy the experience as much as they do. We are able to
shake off our sensible adult selves and get happily involved in something
apparently meaningless. This involvement allows us to see, first hand, the
therapeutic value of interaction with objects and with others in activities
whose only purpose is fun.
**Let love lead**