The Importance Of Playing As A Family

Between work, home and homework, many times we don’t have time to play, but do you know what you’re losing?

Today’s life demands more and more of us, attend to various activities that require our attention: as mothers, wives, housewives, teachers or any other type of professionals. The time required for each of these activities limits our family time a little more, especially that which we dedicate to playing with our children.

Some will think that children can and should learn to play alone, or that they have played long enough at school to continue playing at home. Although I can agree with them, I am sure that there is no better way to teach children than through different dynamics created especially for them.

I remember that in my grandmother’s time games were not a problem, because families were made up of five or more children, there were always other children to play with. However, today being an only child is almost as natural as looking forward to Friday. It is for this reason that our role as parents must also contemplate that stage of child development, where games are much more than that, they are synonymous with imagination, companionship, respect, autonomy and support. So, if you want to have a good time with your family and contribute to the growth of your children, here is a list of games and their qualities:

Monopoly

Despite being the classic game where there can be only one winner, it helps children learn to respect turns, count, add and make decisions, as well as creating bonds between parents and children.

Building blocks

Some time ago, I saw with my children: Lego, the movie, with which they were fascinated. It was not only about following the instructions to assemble airplanes, cars or scenarios, but it also encouraged children to generate their own creations through imagination. With these games you will promote motor skills, companionship and imagination.

Theater

It may be that you dress up and represent a play, that you invent it or even that you act it through a puppet theater, since in any of the cases, this activity generates an increase in the autonomy and independence of your children, provides confidence, security and experiences that help them develop their personality.

Puzzles or puzzles

Depending on the age of your children is the complexity that these games can have, since the idea is not to frustrate them but to encourage them to think, develop logic, work on motor skills and encourage teamwork.

Riddles and mimics

There is nothing more fun than feeding the brain through these types of games, since you don’t have to be a great artist to create hours of educational fun. Through the riddles you can motivate your children to expand their vocabulary, knowing new words and synonyms. You will also encourage them to think about different possibilities and through mimicry, you will also be contributing to the development of their self-esteem, personality and patience.

It is not necessary that you spend entire days programming each of these activities, sometimes an hour a day is enough to strengthen the relationship between parents and children, in addition to the constant stimulation that you will provide their brain. The education of a child is not only focused on the academic field but also on the emotional, since it is the feelings that differentiate us from the machines. And you, what game will you play today?

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