Which were your favourites games when you were a 3 or 4? Can you remember? Did you like puzzles, drawing or making up stories?
You can use all these games to play with your kids. For sure they’ll love them! But we might help you a little bit finding the most sutiable game for you and your children.
First of all, did you know there are more than one kind of play? There are many different types of play and children can be involved in more than one type at the same time. Children usually show preferences for one kind of game, but it is important that they play a variety of games involving many types of learning and development.
These are the different kind of play a child between 2-6 years of age can experience:
- Physical play – physical, exploratory, manipulative or constructive play. Your kids can dance differents kinds of music, run, jump or crawl, play football or frisbee, do puzzles, jigsaws, threading or build with blocks. This kind of play involves bodily movements and control, practicing motor skills and using their abilities in order to find what things feel like and what can be done with them.
- Creative play – Like creating collages, making models or instruments and paiting. You can join the kids and create everything you can imagine and more. This type of play allows children to explore and use several kinds of materials in order to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas. They’ll enjoy being creative!
- Pretend play – pretend, dramatic, make-believe, role and fantasy play involves kids using their imagination. They can pretend with objects, actions or situations. As they grow, their play becomes more complex. They make up stories and scenarios and act real or fantasy events. Early literary and numeracy events, such as making lists and menus and play for cinema tickets, are very common. Small world play makes children use small-scale representations or real things and socio-dramatic play makes them play with other children or adults so they can make friends, negotiate with others or develop their communication skills.
- Games with rules – try with games such as card games, Bingo, computer games or word and number games. Also, allow children to play with their own rules, more flexible and join them in pretend plays, for example, everyone has to knock before coming in. language is rellay important in these kind of games as children explain, question and negotiate the rules.
- Language play – Try some games with the kids such as I spy, Words beginning with… or I went to the sop and I bought… Find rhyming words, say tongue twisters (She sells sea shells by the seashore), make up stories or read and toalk about stories using comments and questions. These type of play involves children playing with sounds and words. They love jokes and funny stories!
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