26 January, 2023

The importance and benefits to children of learning by playing

In summary, we must make our children play more despite the limitations that may arise depending on where they live or their social status.

By Dra. Margarita Mendoza Burgos

Education – There is nothing better than learning by playing, because the child acquires knowledge and experiences in a natural way, almost without realizing it. That is why it is important to give children spaces so that they can play with each other., either in the parks or in the nurseries.

Through the game they can learn a series of attitudes, abilities, values, behaviors and assertiveness that they could not acquire only among adults, and much less only with parents.

But nevertheless, It is also important that before putting them to socialize, parents can have enough trust with the person who is dedicated to caring for them. Because, when in doubt, I recommend putting them in a nursery soon, and much more if the parents work. It is difficult to find people who are trustworthy and at the same time trustworthy and competent, for that reason the nursery is an excellent option.

Likewise, certain care must be taken in a nursery because many inappropriate sites are being discovered, but since it is a place where many children and professionals live together, it is assumed that the control mechanisms are much greater.

We see that in El Salvador neither nurseries nor parks are totally valid options. On the one hand, we have a shortage of proper childcare - unless they are paid- or even the lack of them.

For another, in the case of parks -with the exception of private residential- Where there are common games, care must be taken that an adult does not try to attack them or interfere with them instead of their children who share the same age and condition..

But assuming that the barriers are overcome and we get our children to play with other children, the benefits are many, in addition to the integration itself.

It is not only a way to get them away from phones and cell phones but to play taking turns, submitting to rules and, if applicable, respecting authority.

Children who spend most of their time using technology are often not physically active, or creative using their imagination. The 75% of brain development occurs after birth, play aids development by stimulating the brain through the formation of connections between nerve cells. This process contributes to the development of fine motor skills, thick and socialization.

These types of activities will also help the child learn to share some of his possessions such as toys., something that little ones naturally refuse to do at first, and much more if the parents force them to do so.

In summary, we must make our children play more despite the limitations that may arise depending on where they live or their social status.

By achieving this, we are investing in health education at the same time. The clinical report of the American Academy of Pediatrics entitled The Power of Play already says so clearly.: “Playing can improve children's abilities to plan, organize, get along with others and regulate your emotions. further, the game helps with language, math and social skills and even helps kids cope with stress”.