The most natural way to interact with children and comprehend their world is through play. Play is another activity a child chooses to do on their own and helps them grow mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. Through play, the child learns about other people and their surroundings. Children learn best with play, which is why play is more than simply a leisure activity. Playing games with friends helps kids improve their abilities and develop their skills.
Play is a child’s most organic and dynamic learning environment, preparing them for life. When a youngster plays, they occasionally learn consciously and occasionally unconsciously. Play is a big part of a kid’s education, getting to know him, making a connection with him, and improving his skills and knowledge. This is especially true in places that offer early childhood education.
Plato’s student, the ancient philosopher Aristotle, said that children should play games up until they are five years old. Marcus Fabius Quntilianus, a Roman orator, said that children should be taught how to play games based on how they develop until they are seven years old.
The German educator and philosopher Frobel says that the game is the most important part of teaching. Other smart people who lived in the centuries that followed also talked about how important it was to teach through games.
Why is it necessary and important?
Play is just as important as food and sleep for a child’s healthy physical, spiritual, and mental development and education. Playing games helps a youngster grow in terms of intelligence, skill, and personality integrity. One of a child’s basic wants is to play games. Children are the building blocks of society, and they won’t grow up normally if this need isn’t met or is limited. because the roles they play in the game give kids experience for their future lives.
Thanks to the game, the child learns how to make decisions, follow the rules, be honest, show respect to others, cooperate with others, and have self-control. So, the child puts together a guide for the rest of his life based on what he has learned from the game. A child’s healthy growth is hampered if their urge for play is not met.
The game has a beneficial impact on kids’ brain growth. Thanks to the game, children now have the chance to learn important facts, fulfill their curiosity, and explore the world and its surroundings. Through the use of games, children develop their ability to think, identify cause-and-effect links, solve issues, make decisions, and focus. When kids play, they use their minds in ways like thinking, seeing, and understanding. They also learn skills like estimating and reasoning.
- Berrin Dinç, Teachers’ Views on the Effects of Preschool Education on the Social Development of 4-5 Year Old Children, Master Thesis, 2002.
- Sinan Ayan, Uğur A. Memiş, Play in Early Childhood Period, Selçuk University Journal of Physical Education and Sports Science, Article, 2012.