How do children’s games and competitions affect their development?
Games are an inherent part of a child’s life. Children start to play very early in their lives. Thanks to games, children spend their free time in a pleasant way, which they have in abundance. Playing helps them look for each other emotionally, intellectually, physically, spiritually and aesthetically.
Games are an inherent part of a child’s life. Children start to play very early in their lives. Thanks to games, children spend their free time in a pleasant way, which they have in abundance. Playing helps them look for each other emotionally, intellectually, physically, spiritually and aesthetically. They also teach social functioning and relations with their peers. A child develops character and attitude to the world, so they really teach life. It is important to know that fun should not be treated as a time filler. It should be creative to support the child at every stage of its development. Thus, games can be divided into several types.
What are competitions and games for children?
Child development is a complex process that has many stages. It includes certain transformations thanks to which a person moves from lower and less perfect states to the higher ones. A child’s development is influenced by many different factors, and key factors are games and competitions. Games are undertaken because of the pleasure it provides to the child.
The end result is not so important and there are no specific goals to be achieved. The very process of games plays a key role in life. Great fun is the basic form of a child’s activity, which in his life is particularly important in terms of proper development. So, you can talk about games when:
- the child’s action is taken of his own free will,
- the child’s action takes place in a specific time and space,
- it is accompanied by various emotions,
- is subject to the rules and standards set by the child and valid only for the time of the game
What are the spheres of a child’s life influenced by competition and games?
Competition and games for children are activities that play a huge role in the lives of children. They affect the sphere of intellectual, emotional, motor and social development. Games are an activity that is creative and stimulates and develops imagination and creativity in various areas of life. It is credited with a significant social function as it teaches children to cooperate, share, as well as take and give.
Games and activities teach to follow the applicable rules and regulations. During them, the child learns and shows knowledge of social norms and desired patterns of behavior. Games have a huge impact on cognitive development, because they allow a toddler to learn about the world around him. Children’s games and competitions can also trigger various emotions, both positive and negative. Thanks to this, the little ones can release their emotions, which will translate into their better functioning.
During games, the little ones communicate with each other, which contributes to the development of speech and overcoming certain difficulties in making contacts with their peers. Thanks to competitions and games, children satisfy their need for movement and action. They shape and improve manual dexterity, for example, to master the elementary writing skills.
Manipulating games teach you to control your own body. They involve manipulating the object in various ways, watching it, shifting it from hand to hand, rolling and many other activities. These types of games are aimed at getting to know the properties of the object. By manipulating, the child engages auditory, visual and tactile perceptions. This is the basic stage before later more complex competitions and games. There are plenty of ideas for games that will stimulate children in this way. A great solution can be a dry pool filled with colorful balls, which is available in our offer.
Construction games stimulate the imagination, exercise manual dexterity and awaken its creativity. They consist of building something new. They result naturally from manipulative games, but differ in the development of creativity. For small builders, we can recommend a home foam playground that can be modified in any way. It consists of many elements and allows you to create an obstacle course or a place to play.
Thematic games belong to the group of socializing games, where the child imitates the movements observed in his environment. The youngest children do not even need toys, because their imagination is enough. An important element of the theme games for toddlers are the words they say. Toddlers usually do monologues, but there may be dialogues when they take on two roles at the same time. Games of this type are very important because they combine all mental and physical functions.
Rhythmic and movement games
These types of games exercise children’s motor skills and physical fitness and also improves their strength. During them, the little ones practice their agility, dexterity, strength, speed, sense of rhythm. If these are sports competitions, children will learn to compete healthily and strengthen their self-confidence. An example of such fun can be a game of colours, where the little ones need to quickly analyze whether they can catch the ball or not, and do it right at the same time. It can also be a football game with two teams facing each other.
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