The importance of playing in infant education

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Importancia de los Juegos en Educación Infantil

Playing is an activity that every human being practices throughout their lives, and in different languages. Biologist Jean Piaget said, ‘playing is part of the child’s intelligence’ and so we must leave room for creativity, imagination and excitement.

To philosopher Karl Groos, play is good preparation for adult life and survival because ‘it contributes to the development of functions and capacities that prepare the child for the activities they will carry out when they grow up.’ This thesis of functional anticipation sees playing as  a necessary preparatory exercise for maturation, which is not reached until the end of childhood.

 

Playing in Infant and Primary Education

Playing in Infant and Primary Education allows us to discover or acquire skills and abilities through experience, becoming the methodological axis of educational intervention. It is, therefore, an attitude, that it is spontaneous and motivating in itself. And this is how we approach it from an early age in the classrooms of the Eurocolegio Casvi International Private School.

 

 

  • Infant Education. Several steps must be followed so as to always make it attractive to a young child: the space, the time, the materials, the moment and who participates: every game implies experimenting, imagining and interacting.
  •  Types of games. There are different games for Infant Education, some of which are the following:
    • Heuristic game. It promotes concentration and coordination.
    • Symbolic play. With different objects, they simulate situations or roles of people familiar to them.
    • Construction game. It develops the child’s ingenuity and stimulates creativity and imagination.

 

 

    • Cooperative games. They develop collaboration and teamwork by encouraging help, empathy and decision-making.
    • Board games. There are individual manipulative ones used to improve motor skills along with visual acuity and observation. There are also some for two or more players, promoting logical thinking or respect for  taking turns.

In short, thanks to educational children’s games, every capacity of the child is developed more effectively. There is no difference between playing and learning; because any game that places new demands on the child is seen as a learning opportunity. Moreover, thanks to these educational children’s games they learn easier because they are especially predisposed to receiving everything. We see that with these playful activities, they enthusiastically thrown themselves into them, which benefits everyone.

 

Online educational children’s games

There are many benefits that new technologies provide for educational children’s games. Using appropriate limited time use, online educational games for children can reinforce learning skills and abilities such as attention, association, discrimination, and logical reasoning.

 

 

In addition, with the popularization of the Internet, tablets and mobiles, children do not even need a console to play. There are thousands of websites that offer simple  fun, online, educational games for children that can help them assimilate content from different subjects, practice operations, improve spelling …

This is where educational children’s games related to Robotics come in, too. These games are used in Casvi from an early age. The technological career of our students begins in the first year of Infant Education where they start using tablets through educational apps, or the aforementioned online children’s educational games. From the age of 4, and with the aim of developing cooperative play, creative thinking, curiosity or confidence, other educational children’s games are used, such as Jack the Robot or constructions with Lego Duplo and Cubetto, among others.