Many modern parents, in pursuit of early preparation for school, almost deprive preschoolers of time for play, completely occupying it with organized developmental activities.
The trend appeared about 15-20 years ago. Parents control their children more and more and devote less and less time to independent entertainment with peers and even games with the family. The consequences of childhood without play have already been named: a slowdown in the child’s cognitive and emotional development, depression in adolescence, difficulty in adapting to new conditions, poor self-control, difficulty in establishing relationships, and even illegal behavior.
After analyzing the data of domestic and foreign scientists, the specialists of the Montessori Centers “Constellation” are in a hurry to explain to parents how important it is to include games with peers in the daily routine of a preschooler.
The game is the basis for the development of skills and abilities
It’s no secret that play is common not only among children, but also among baby animals. For example, experiments on rats showed that without play in childhood, adults had difficulties in communicating with other rats, they had worse stress resistance.
As for people, play is the most important mechanism for the social learning of children. Most of the people who survived the war and were forced to work in childhood due to a lack of funds in the family, people who were not able to play simple children’s games, later encountered difficulties in establishing personal and business relationships, many of them could not find their place in society. This was largely due to game deprivation, because it is in single and group games that children receive the necessary cognitive, emotional and personal development, as well as knowledge about social norms, values and ways of interacting with others.
Experiments with game deprivation in modern science are carried out in order to establish the patterns of brain development and the work of certain genes, depending on a particular environment. Of course, no one will allow such experiments on children, but the results of experiments on rats have already shown the importance of play for the harmonious development of the younger generation.
It is difficult to overestimate the role of play in the development of a preschooler. It is through games that the kid learns the world at this age. It is impossible to bring up a full-fledged personality without allowing a child to play independently with peers, because it is these seemingly trifling tags and ball games that give children the opportunity to learn how to interact with other guys, voluntarily follow the rules and respond appropriately to victories and defeats. Unfortunately, the modern urban environment is not the best place for independent walks for preschoolers, and Moscow apartments will definitely not allow enough to play with friends, so conscientious parents are increasingly choosing children’s development centers as places to socialize their kids.