The beauty of the play is that it’s self-motivated and it’s fun. We tend to forget however that it’s also much more than that. Playing is a process of learning and developing cognitive and social skills. To learn through play is to learn in the funniest and most suitable way. Childrenwill get the tutorial for the real life challenges, and itwill increase their intellectual performance.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

When they are playing, kids are staying focused, and immersed in what they are doing. This is often not the case when they are involved in activities they perceive as duties. Playing games thus can increase the concentration, attention span, perception and reasoning, counting skills, spelling and other skills.

One of the most basic practices is the free play. It brings about many cognitive benefitsand gives children an opportunity to develop problem solving methods and social bonds. Sometimes it is best to leave them to develop their own rules free from the constraints of the adult society. Just don’t let your kid turn into a Tom Sawyer and take advantage of the freedom bestowed upon.

Mind Games

You need to stimulate the kid’s mental processes, and a great way to do this is to perform some mental gymnastics. There are many toys out there on the market promising to make your child a prodigy. Don’t fall for flashy commercials and keep in mind that classic games like Chess, Scrabble and Crossword puzzlesare a safe bet. It is important that the toy is appropriate for your child’s age and you need to make sure it’s safe.

Mind Games

Mind Games

Keep an eye on sorting and shape-recognition toys that help kids learn shapes, colors and gain manual dexterity. If you see your kid coming up with the sophisticated block formations, it is safe to assume that math grades won’t be so bad.  So, if you manage to interest your child with educational toys like blocks, puzzles, and art easels, you have done a great job indeed.

Neverland

Pretend play is good for the ability to self-regulate and use counterfactual reasoning, since kids need to agree upon a set of rules. They can imagine the other possible worlds, and use their imagination to the fullest potential. Make-believe games help your child develop new ideas, so there is no need to worry if your child has an imaginary friend. In fact, you should ask for a proper introduction.

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children playing

The Importance of Being Playful

When kids are offered a choice what they can do, they give their best. And they most often choose to play, but we can’t blame them right? Just make sure they take life seriously, and realize that playing is just one of its aspects, even if it’s the funniest one.  Creativity can be boosted, and playful behavior has positive effects on the brain. See their grades taking a turn for the better, and their test anxiety vanishing. If we parents manage to pull this off, well, we have passed perhaps the most important life test there is.