BENEFITS ON THE COGNITIVE PLANE:
Among the benefits of playing in childhood, we can highlight that it enhances imagination and creativity,helps coordination, and develops physical and emotional skills. During play, children learn to deal with emotions, putting empathy and understanding into practice. Playing with other people helps children communicate, bond and share.
From birth to age three, the brain develops at a faster rate than at any other time in our lives.
This is the time when you begin to really learn and understand cognitive skills such as paying attention, reasoning, remembering things you have learned and experienced as well as developing motor skills.
With the magic of toys, boys and girls can eliminate things that scare them from their imaginary scenarios, for example, and act safely.
For example, dolls and action figures allow them to create imaginary worlds, characters and plots that match their emotional state, helping them learn to express and regulate their feelings.
With toys, boys and girls learn to deal with different feelings such as fear, frustration, anger and discover empathy and understanding. Additionally, they help build confidence by achieving a satisfying feeling of having achieved goals that were set in the game.
Through toys, boys and girls learn to generate and maintain those friendships. By sharing toys, they hone their social skills while discovering how to negotiate group dynamics.
Additionally, it helps them learn to collaborate and engage with others, recognize and respond to others feelings, share, show affection, resolve conflicts, and follow rules. In turn, these important early lessonshelp us understand the roles and rules of society.
BENEFITS IN COMMUNICATIONAL ASPECTS:
Knowing what people want to say is not always easy.
Boys and girls have to learn to decipher what people say (and what they don’t say) by listening, observing and sometimes picking up very subtle clues.
By playing, you learn the art of communication, recognizing facial expressions and body language. You discover how to start and maintain conversations, and how to express your thoughts.
Playing with pretend toys is especially important for children’s communication and literacy development. Role-playing also gives them the opportunity to use words they have heard from adults and other children, and helps improve their vocabulary.
As they grow, word-based games help reinforce language and literacy skills.
BENEFITS IN MOTOR ASPECTS:
Toys are key to physical development because they help improve coordination, balance, gross motor skills such as movements such as crawling and walking, and fine motor skills (subtle movements such as lifting objects).
Different research has shown that physically active children tend to be healthier, while an inactive childhood can lead to a sedentary lifestyle in adulthood.
In addition, physical play helps boys and girls use their natural energy reserves, which enables better eating habits and better quality of sleep.