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The role of individual play in children

The role of individual play in children

Play is essential in children's lives and has many benefits in their development and growth. At the beginning of his life, you will be the most important playmate of the little boy. Later, you will discover the joy of playing with other children. But individual play also plays an essential role in children and has many benefits. Encourage your little one to play alone!

The ability of a child to play a dinghy depends very much on his temperament and his mood. When unattended, tired or sick, the child will not want to play alone. The ability to play alone is a skill that develops over time, but which must be encouraged since it is a baby.

The benefits of individual play in children

The individual game has many benefits in the development of the little one:

  • encourages independence;

  • encourages the child to be responsible;

  • it helps him to be safer and to have more confidence in his own strengths;

  • stimulates creativity;

  • helps them focus better;

  • it stimulates them to think more, to establish rules and conditions;

  • stimulates the imagination;

  • helps develop language skills etc.

How do you encourage the child to play alone?

  • A good time of day for introducing individual play to young children is immediately after his bath or after the pope, when he feels good, comfortable, relaxed.

  • In order to encourage the child of 1-2 years to play alone you must have in mind 4 basic principles: interest, routine, structure and directions. You must choose games or toys you like, maintain a routine to encourage them to play these games. It is also important to initially give them directions and help them discover how to use certain toys.

  • It starts with creating a basket of favorite toys. Take it with you when it's time to play. Do not remove them all, because you will feel overwhelmed by so many toys. Have him choose a few that he likes. Take a few and play. When you notice that his attention has been grabbed by a particular toy, gently withdraw from the common play and let him play alone.

  • Do not leave the child alone in the room when playing. Do your job there, because otherwise he'll come after you and lose interest in playing. Stay there and do something for yourself: read, work on the computer, iron clothes, etc. Inevitably, it will make you pay attention in one way or another. Answer them so you focus their attention on his play: "oh, look how beautiful you built that house, I'm sure you can do a garden around it; try and show it to my mom."

  • Try to create such individual game moments every few days for a few minutes to begin with. Then, over time, as the child begins to become accustomed to the idea of ​​playing alone, the period of time and periodicity increases, until the child gets to play a little bit every day.

  • Be patient and do not force him if he does not want to! Give yourself time and space to get used to it. You will be hit by the situation where he once wants to play and is really happy to do it, and the next day he is no longer willing. Don't be impatient or discouraged, you'll succeed at some point1 You have to be persistent!

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