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Things we can provide when playing with our kids
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January 23, 2015  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Make the best out of playing with your children. Your experience, knowledge of their tastes and a little bit of imagination will make them see their toys in a different way and they´ll keep learning. Keep reading to discover the things you can do as a parent or teacher in order to stimulate, encourage and cultivate their imagination, creativity, language, observation and motor skills. This will also teach you what they might not tell you at home.

Parents and teachers can offer an infinite array of activities, which will help children to develop their cognitive, emotional, physical and social skills. Here are some ideas of how to provide them with all this and more.

Role Play. If you are sitting down to pretend you are in a classroom, for example, let the children decide who the teacher is and who the students are.

With the help of their toys, you´ll be able to observe and discover how they feel about themselves at school and how they feel about the rest, including the teacher. While you´re playing, ask them the following questions: How does the teacher talk? How do the students talk? What do they learn? What do they like to play with? Is there a leader?

In our post titled: “Role Playing with the Nenuco App” role playing has proved effective when it comes to learning because it encourages children to take on an active role.  Young kids can explore, assume risks, make decisions and express their feelings within a secure environment.”

What if…? We can teach them to be ready for difficult situations by way of reason and by playing the what if game. For example, what if someone at school borrowed their pencil and didn’t return it? How would they react? What if the teacher asks him or her to come out to the blackboard? How would they feel? What if a classmate doesn’t understand the lessons as well as they do? Would they help? Through this activity, you´ll be helping them to develop their critical mind, an important tool they will need in order to make decisions and build their own unique and independent personality.

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Board Games. Using these games enables children to learn about losing and winning, about taking turns and making group decisions. Observe if they need help in any of these social areas. Just like we mentioned in our post “Let´s play a Board Game”, these activities help them boost their critical thinking and encourages them to ask questions.

Order and classify. Encourage them to separate clothes by size, colour and type. Ask them who it belongs to and when they wear what. This activity will not only improve their cognitive skills but it will help them to become organized and to participate with house chores.

Creating characters with play dough. Motivate the children to knead, shape and create objects or figures with play dough or clay in order to help them develop their motor and creative skills.

If these figures are used for pretend play or to act out a particular scene, they´ll be cultivating their social skills even more. If your child isn’t really good at sharing, why not organize a pretend birthday party at home? Ask them whom they want to invite? What surprise will they prepare for them? Does everyone like cake and ice cream? How many slices shall we make so everyone gets a piece? Who will sleep over? How many pillows and blankets will we need? Is anyone afraid of the dark? Through these questions, we´ll be teaching them to empathize with others and to share.

Dolls and Action Figures.  Together with the dolls or action figures they choose to play with, encourage them to step into their shoes. If it’s a doctor they´re pretending to be, ask let them wear a shirt and have them invent something that serves as a stethoscope. They should direct the scene and decide what happens. At the doctor’s office, ask them: what happens next? What does the doctor do? How does the patient react? Now what happens? Remember to adopt a secondary role.

Even though it is crucial to let them decide what to play with, and they must learn to play by themselves, take advantage of these moments to provide added benefits to their development and learning.

Photo Credits: Alex Bürhmann

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