Playing With Your Kids—Through Various Ages And Stages
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Kids are from Krypton; Parents are from Pluto Radio Series Update July 1: Games provide great ways to build various kinds of skills. They fall into a number of different areas, including: cognitive development, motor coordination and development of values, morals and self-control. Cognitive development via games begins with the simple learning, and works its way into more complex development as children grow older. Obviously, for all ages, there is a need to learn the rules of the game. Values and morals for all ages include following the rules, playing fairly and honestly (without cheating) and working together as a team. And of course, the emotional benefits include building self-confidence, a sense of competence and receiving support and encouragement from other players.
For young children, games involve: cognitive skills (such as counting, sequencing, directionality,) motor control (such as tossing dice, picking up a card, moving game pieces,) and self control (such as concentration, waiting their turn, being a good sport.) Games for older children build on the skills developed when younger, and include risk-taking, problem-solving, logical reasoning, decision-making, strategizing, analyzing, verbal skills, math skills, money concepts, creativity and flexibility. Motor development includes quick reflexes, a steady hand and fine-motor control (manipulation of smaller, more intricate pieces.)
This kind of game analysis can be done with each and every game you play with your kids. There is more to game-playing than meets the eye. That is why it is so important that kids play games, and you can have the satisfaction of knowing that while you are spending time together and having fun, there is lots of learning and development going on, as well.
Top 5 Tips of the Week:
- Play board games, not the video version
- Every game has great developmental benefits
- Games can be adapted for kids of different ages
- Be creative! Break some game rules and make up new ones
- Show your kids you love them…through your words and your actions
Enjoy your kids!