Games your Kid should Play

by Rupali Rao, July 6, 2017
Children need to play. Period. As a child, I remember my parents telling me that a child should do only four tasks- eat, sleep, study and play. Play is a work of child. They learn through it. When they play they laugh and that is the antidote to their day’s struggle and stress. It energizes them, releases their pent up emotions and not to mention play increases their physical and mental skills. Playing games is critical to their overall development.

The old saying, ‘all work and no play makes you dull’, does have some truth in it. Playing games is necessary for a child’s overall development, be it physical, mental or emotional.
A child learns to play in a team (teamwork), lead others (leadership), accept defeat positively (positive attitude), self-analysis (introspection) etc. while playing games. These are essential qualities one would like to develop in the children in order for them to succeed in their future endeavours.
Games not only help us in becoming physically fit but keep us vigilant too. Hence, games play a very important part in keeping a healthy lifestyle by making sure that the child has a healthy body, soul and mind.

Games can be divided into following groups:
Indoor games: On a rainy day, when kids are confined within a house, indoor games are the saviour. They can also be played in social and family situations. There’s a wide range of indoor games available such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Ludo, Chess and much more.

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Intellectually, board games lead to the development of attention skills, concentration and focus for longer periods of time. They improve fine motor skills too, like when a child needs to move pieces, roll the dice, it requires precision.

Games like Chess or Connect four promotes brain growth as it exercises one’s brain to find solutions, hence enhances problem-solving abilities too. It leads to creative thinking too as one has to come up with original ideas or ways to play the game. It develops the ability to plan and prepare for future difficulties one might face.

Intellectually, board games lead to the development of attention skills, concentration and focus for longer periods of time. They improve fine motor skills too, like when a child needs to move pieces, roll the dice, it requires precision.

Games like Chess or Connect four promotes brain growth as it exercises one’s brain to find solutions, hence enhances problem-solving abilities too. It leads to creative thinking too as one has to come up with original ideas or ways to play the game. It develops the ability to plan and prepare for future difficulties one might face.

Video games: as parents, we are very concerned about what our child plays online. The general perception is that video games are dangerous for health, such as bad for eyes, leads to obesity etc and a waste of time. But not all video games are harmful. In fact, playing video games does have some benefits, such as; it improves memory and cognitive abilities. While playing puzzles one need to remember passwords and sometimes need to reason to crack some codes. It increases creativity too, when one needs to find creative ways to come out of a sticky situation. However, moderation is the key here.

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Outdoor Games: Any athletic game that is played outside, e.g. In a garden, park, or stadium falls under the category of outdoor games, such as, basketball, Football, Cycling, Lawn tennis and so on. Children are naturally inquisitive and they like to explore. When they run around, shouting gleefully, getting themselves dirty by rolling on the ground, jumping in a mud puddle, they are allowing themselves to explore their environment and develop their gross motor skills. It leads to their physical development and playing outside makes the immune system stronger. It also improves their social skills.

Pretend Play: more than play pretend play is a thinking skill. It is important for a child’s healthy social and cognitive development. Pretend play lets them enhance their creativity, for example, using a flat rectangle wooden block as a mobile phone or pretending to be a teacher, teaching her/his students. Pretend play allows them to be anyone, like a superhero, favourite animal, person or object that they want to be. Such plays improve their language skills as while enacting a character they are narrating their thoughts too. They also develop abilities to deal with various situations while playing such games. In short, they learn to practice what they have learned socio-emotionally while playing.

For kids, playing is as essential as any other chore of the day. The key is to find a balance between various tasks of the day. Therefore, as a parent, it’s our job to encourage our kids to play everything in moderation. For them playing is a way to express themselves, improve their fine motor skills and gross motor skills, and just being happy.

‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing’- George Bernard Shaw

1 Comment


    • Priyanka Mangesh Yelve
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    • July 11, 2017

    Great info... Very useful... ???

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