Did you know that your kid’s toys and games are a lot more than just diversions that allow you to complete a chore? Toys, games, and activities are valuable tools that help teach life skills for children.
Playing enhances social, emotional, intellectual, skills, teach them problem-solving and other life skills – especially when they are at the toddler stage. With the help of their toys and their very active imagination, they create a world of their own. Playing make believe games like playing house teaches your child many important skills – this article will list a few of the most important ones.
Playing House Teaches Social Responsibility
Playing house teaches valuable social responsibility to toddlers and younger kids. Give the children a corner in your house and some materials like blankets and sheets, the children can build their own little homes. Give them colourful plastic kitchen items like cups and saucers, and other everyday items to make it more complete. Imagine this situation – four children are playing house.
Since they observe their parents all the time, you will be surprised at what they have picked up. When they share the responsibilities of running their own ‘home’, one will leave for work, another will pretend to go to for a run or to the market, another might want to look after the dolls (the ‘children’ of the home), while another might want to work on the computer with a plastic cup of tea.
Their choice of actions and the role they play reflects what they see around them – what their mother and father, the centre of their universe, do on a daily basis. This is a great time to talk with your child about the different responsibilities and roles that people have, and how other people live and work. About division of work, about sharing responsibilities and about the togetherness of family life.
Improving Language Skills Through Imitation
Playing house can improve their language skills, too. Listen to what your kids are saying and doing while they pack up for a ‘trip’ to the next room. A lot of things that you say to them will get parroted back in this game, and that can be very amusing!
Imagine your little one telling her friend, “Carry your water bottle; I am not going to stop every time you are thirsty” – exactly the words that you say to her all the time! You’ll be surprised to know how much the children absorb from their parents.
Yes, they are imitating you, and are learning to use words in the right context through their make believe. And over time, they will grow to be the yaaron ka yaar that everyone will love to play with.
Games as Life Skills Activities
In their play, kids learn to work together, learning how to solve problems and other life skills. Watch them make an imaginative trip to the next room, watch them buy tickets for the “train” and observe how they negotiate their roles among their buddies. In their own ways, they are imitating the adult world.
Through play, children know that they can be anything they want to be, boosting their self-esteem.
The self-confidence that builds at an early stage will help them in the future. Like house, there will be a lot of games, toys, and activities that stimulate your child’s imagination and help with their development.
Ask your child what he or she likes to play with and “create” toys with them. A stick can become a tree, a pirate’s sword, or a shovel in the sand – encourage your little one’s imagination to run wild!
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