Play – why is it so important?
Play and toys have their specific place in people’s life. Since its birth every child is immerced in the world of play. With the help of the toys the child gets to know the world around it, acquires communication and social skills. When a kid grows up the toys and the games change as well, becoming more complex and diverse. Parents intuitively choose which toys to offer to their kids and they alomost always make the right choice – without consciously realizing what functions this toys serve and how important they are for the child’s development. But sometimes the parents face the questions what toys to offer, how to play with them, why are they appropriate. In that case the paretns need the assistance and support of specialists who can help them orientate in the huge variety of toys and explain which of them will be of greatest benefit to the child according to its age.
Every toy can be used in many different ways depending on what the parents and the specialists want to accomplish. This means that one toy can serve a variety of functions – to develop and improve child’s motor activity, sensory integration, improve motivation, etc.
How to play with our kids?
Provoke the kid’s desire to play with you and the other kids.
Why to participate in play groups?
For the children
For the parents
How are play groups organized?
Organizing play groups gives specialists and parents an opportunity to work together. Using play they have the chance to teach children aged 1 to 4 the neccessary skills and habits (intellectual, motor, speech, social) in a home-like environment. This activity does not require the dramatic separation from the parents.Including a child in a playgroup happens at the request of the parent and in his presense. The classes take place at an appointed hour in safe and stuctured environment, with age-appropriate toys and equipment (consistent with the sanitary norms.) The instructors in the groups can be speech therapists, psychologists, pedagogues, or other early child development specialists, working under supervision.
Why is it important to continue playing at home after the playgroups, this time including all of the family members?
Playing is the main activity of kids aged 1 to 4 years. Most importantly it is a continuous proccess and it only requires desire to get involved. Playing is spontaneous and birngs joy to both the child and the parent. Continuing the play at home allows the child to apply the models it has learned in the playgroup in its everyday activities and games.