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The importance of playing games with children

Psychologist D. W. Winnicott, who has done valuable work on behalf of psychology, describes the game as: "The game is an interface in the line between our inner world and external reality." In a sense, the game is an irreplaceable building block in the emotional, social and cultural development of the child and is closely related to the future of the child. Especially in adulthood, we can say that the capacity for creativity is through playing games as a child. This creativity means the development of skills such as problem solving, patience, imagination and empathy not only in artistic and cultural sense, but also in daily life, in the world of business and relationships.

Consider the contributions of sharing and observing such valuable activity with your child. When the child plays, he freely reveals his inner world without any filtering. This is an incredible gem for parents! It allows you to obtain his dreams, fears, hopes, strengths, aspects that require support, things he enjoys/dislikes, in short, a lot of information that you cannot access by speaking with words.

While the semester holiday continues, there is still plenty of time to spend more quality and enjoyable time with your children. I would like to share both activity recommendations and some tips:

• Toy selection. From an early age, depending on your child's gender, instead of choosing uniform toys such as dolls and cars, it is better to present the toys to him in a mixed way and let him discover what he likes. You may have a daughter who enjoys playing ball or a talented son in the kitchen, so in the early stages, putting aside social stereotypes, you try to get to know her first.

• Toys that are not toys. Popular toys among children, of course, may be, but you can both enjoy playing with it with different materials and help it develop its imagination. With toys made of materials such as wood and fabric, it may be a good idea to play animation games by creating stories and characters. Also, even if nothing happens, remember that every object around you can turn into a toy with a little imagination!

• Chatting. You may not always have games and toys at your fingertips, but even a daily conversation is precious after you're together and giving your child your uninterrupted attention. The questions that will open him up can also work, like his dream, his favorite movie, the hero, the animals, talking about the world. Here you can add color to your conversation by taking advantage of stories and animations.

• Family games. Mother-child interaction is separate from the basis of attachment, but family games where nuclear family members enjoy spending time together are also a huge investment in the future. Together, you can play ready-made games such as box games or games such as name-city, charades, man vine, which we know more classically, according to the age of the child.

• Play hide-and-seek. Among the games, the place of hide-and-seek is some more meaningful, even studies showing its contributions to child development. Imagination, problem solving skills and benefits on motor muscle development are the first ones that come to mind. In addition, 'object continuity' also helps to develop the ability to comprehend that beings continue to exist when they cannot see with the eye.

• Unorthodox games.  Not by sitting between four walls, but by trying extraordinary games that can help your child develop cognitive and emotional flexibility: 1) Drawing shapes or masks on each other's faces with face paints, playing animation games by taking on different roles. 2) Hiking. But with a difference, by playing with the soil, by recognizing plants, even by getting a little muddied!

• Produce together. Painting, cooking something he loves in the kitchen, making music by keeping rhythm together, singing, these are all activities that promote both creativity and productivity. You might think he's already doing it on his own or with his friends, but when he does it with you, the gains will be very different. To get appreciation from you, to get likes, to work in cooperation like a team, to model you positively, to solve a problem you face together, all very valuable experiences.

• Collect together. After playing together, it is necessary to make a mess by dissipating the task in order to reinforce cooperation and sense of responsibility. It would not be right for you to completely take over the compilation and editing of her toys as a mother, or vice versa.

• Watch him. It's just as important that he can be alone and set up his own game world when you're not accompanying him. Observe his behavior, conversations, preferences during the game, without attracting his attention, without interfering. You should not stop trying to understand his 'inner feeling' during this whole game, when he plays with you or alone. Keep in mind that the game is a hidden, very accessible door that opens up to his emotions. Have fun!

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