Play is the main activity of the child during his first years of life, it is the one to which he dedicates the most enthusiasm, energy, and above all, the one he is most excited about. It is estimated that more than 60% of the time that a child spends awake he dedicates it to playing, and the best thing is that he does it of his own free will, naturally. In fact, it is the only activity that does not need instruction because the child plays almost instinctively. Therefore, children’s play is much more than just fun: it is a learning process for adult life through which the child learns everything about her environment. Not in vain many assure that it is the first test of the life. Through play, the child begins to interact with everything that surrounds him, knows his environment and develops his skills.
Playful activity is a great exercise for your child to develop gross motor skills. It allows to improve balance and hand-eye coordination, at the same time that it becomes a perfect training to consolidate physical exercises such as walking, jumping and running. In addition, it is perfect for stimulating fine motor skills through grasping toys and drawing.
Another advantage of the game is that through playful activity the little one can represent the world around him, establishing his own symbols to imitate the attitudes and behaviors of adults. In fact, through this imitation game the child assimilates the content of his environment starting from concrete models to later recreate more abstract and creative situations. Throughout that process, perception, thought, creativity, and imagination develop as he learns new problem-solving strategies.
Through play, the child assimilates different attitudes and ways of acting appropriate to his environment and little by little, he develops his own tastes, interests, ways of behaving and relating to others; that is to say, he is shaping his personality. In this process, self-concept, self-esteem and self-worth are also formed and consolidated, while emotional expression is stimulated. In addition, play is a great way for children to develop skills that will allow them to deal with conflicts or everyday situations such as school problems, the birth of a sibling or changing schools.