In addition to humans only the higher animals play in the first phase of their lives, which leads us to think that the game is closely related to the ability to learn. Through play, the child develops not only his physical abilities, but also imagination, intelligence, emotions, sociability.
The game is for the child a fun and easy way to discover the world and the surrounding reality, including addressing the emotions of life such as love, hate, aggression, fears and anxieties, learning in this way also to manage .
In ancient times, the game was considered weakness, loss of time, to be repressed infantile defect. Plato was the first to support the game should not be foreign to the study, but that the teachers should have taught playing. Only in the modern era of the game the problem has been dealt with scientifically. Why the higher animals and humans spend most of their time playing? What is the point of this seemingly pointless activity?
All parents have, sooner or later, felt the stress of the toy that the baby repeatedly issued by the chair, but no game, after all, is chosen at random. The child likes to see his mother, who picks it up and returns it to him and, meanwhile, is learning to assert their will and manipulate objects, mastering the external world (and often also on those around him …!). The game of “cuckoo” is important, because it reassures children that what even temporarily disappears from view is not gone forever (and this is true even when the mother is away).
Watching a child play, you may know him better, because through the game the child expresses himself, being able to develop and bring out emotions and feelings better and earlier than words (anger, fear, anxiety, but positive feelings) and also showing trends, preferences and inclinations.
Children play differently depending on their age and it is important not to force their natural habits.
From birth to 24 months games are exercise of the senses. Through touch, sight, hearing and taste the child begins to interact with objects and pleasure playing.
From 2 to 6 years instead begin the symbolic games in which the child develops imagination and recreates life situations more or less real. As an actor drops the part of the parent, the child of the opposite sex or of the animal and shows us how the world from his point of view.
From 7 to 12 years, the game becomes social because they start to act the other children. Come into play the rules become a necessary means to be able to play all together.
Often suits the parents always busy, make TV and video games as a babysitter, and often happen to hear parents admit they do not know how to play with their children and also feel almost uncomfortable doing. Would be enough to clear your mind of all thoughts and go back to when we were children, letting go and being spontaneous. Playing and laughing together makes us feel united as never before and can give you moments of very high quality, even if you do not have a lot of time, because in the end even cooking or tidying the house can become a fun activity!
Sharing becomes hub and base of the playful shared not only among peers but also between players of different ages, which can exchange important information about your existence.