How-To play with your kids when you don’t know how
BY THABITHA DAVID · PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 23, 2020 · UPDATED NOVEMBER 20, 2020
Play with your kids when you don’t know how: If you Google such expressions as “playing with kids,” you will discover many specialists telling you how beneficial parent-kid play is for both sides.
They describe it as a way for you to a healthy relationship with your kid. It as an approach to have a great time and get solid exercise with your kid.
Playing games with your kids can help them to learn many things. In some cases, we see that many parents do not prefer to play with their children. Or you like to play with your kids but you don’t know how.
They feel guilty to play with little kids. They hate playing. This is the pinching reality.
Parents and society separate the idea of play from that of work. But In case when we are talking about kids, play is the work.
For them playing is normally a method for finding out about the world where they live.
Sometimes parents think that playing is done just when time permits. They think that they should not spare time for their kids. Because work is more important than play.
In this way, they lose the opportunities to enjoy the company of their kids. They miss the golden chance to know about the personalities of their kids.
As guardians, you are your kid’s most favorite mate. But many guardians think that what to play with their kids? They do not know how to play. Let’s clear the main question first.
What is a play and types of play?
Play is an activity that everyone enjoys doing. Play is important for healthy development. Kids practice many skills and find ideas through play.
Play for a child is serous work. It sometimes is disheartening that some parents think play is unnecessary and it is a waste of time and worse still push their little ones only to academic skills such as reading, writing, counting etc. with the belief that only such teaching leads to success in life. In the process they fail to understand their children’s needs and to unfold them to be who they really are!
As mentioned above Play for a child is serous work. It’s a natural instinctive urge like rolling over, crawling, walking, running that our little one did on his/ her own from the time they were born till now.
So, let’s not forget that it only through Play that they hone the much-needed life skills such as:
- Gross-Motor skills
- Fine-Motor skills
- Socio-Emotional skills
- Cognitive skills
- Language skills
Instinctively Caterpillars eat whatever they see to become a Butterfly one day. It’s the same with Children they are instinctively drawn to play and explore whatever they see to become a well-equipped human-being one day!
One might wonder how does play help in developing these array of skills…
We have classified below the different types of play and the skills they develop in our children when they engage in each type of play….
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Why do children Play
Researches show that 90% of the Brain Development happens by the time the kid is 6 years old. This includes the creation of an astounding 1 million connections per second between the Brain cells. This amazing development can happen when the kid explores the world through ‘Play’.
The work of a child is to play. Playing is the method by which children explore, admire, question, understand and learn the world they are born into, in his/her own way.
Children by themselves are drawn to play. It is by this instinct and urge to play they learn all their life skills through the trials and errors while they play.
Let’s not forget…Children’s brain is like a gift. It just needs to be unwrapped for surprises and miracles to come.
Importance of playing with your kids
Play is an amazing opportunity to have fun. But it is not a kidding business in case of a kid’s health and mental development. From playing hide and seek to have a race competition it plays a vital role.
Games help to sharpen the brain of your kids. They also improve the physical growth of your child.
When my nephew was 3 years old, he was very lazy. He did not learn the things that I wanted to teach him. His mind was not much sharp. But then soon I started to play with him. I remember the first game that I play with my little nephew. It was hide and seek.
Now he becomes the best seeker. He plays with full energy. I feel happy when I see his shining eyes when he finds me.
He shows great interest in playing. It seems that games are his most important business. He Uses his full strength to win.
I will be glad to share that still I play Ludo with my father. And this thing maintains our relationship.
Personalities of kids who do not play games
- They are not active
- Kid tend to be less sharp-minded
- They do not show interest
- They do not understand things easily
- Physically they are not strong
- They do not participate in any game competition
- They do not have a sense of competition
Types of games
- Indoor games
- Outdoor games
These are the games that we play inside the home. When there is a matter of children who are under 5 years, we prefer these types of games. We can easily play indoor games with our children at home.
Those games that we play outside are called outdoor games. These games will be suitable for up to 9 years of kids. Because after playing indoor games our kids come to what is meant by playing games. Know more from the article How-to get your kid to play outdoors
Ways to play with your kids
Many parents want to play with their kids. But they do not know how to play or what to play. There are many different ways to play with your kids. These are very simple and easy. Try these with your kids. You will see positive changes in your kids.
Play with balloons
Many kids love balloons. Take a balloon and teach your kids how to blow it. Then punch the balloon. Your kids will copy you and will do the same. They will enjoy it.
Play hide and seek
Hide and seek is an easy game. Firstly, give instructions to your kids. Then hide in an easy place. Ask your kids to find you. You will see that when he will find you, he will jump with happiness.
Make paper plane
Mostly boys love construction. Take the paper. Teach your kids how to make an airplane. When they have learned to race. At then at end appreciate your kid if he did the best.
Race with your kid
Ask your kid to have a race competition with you. Tell him that if he will win the race, he will be a hero. While running, do not cross him. Let him win. In the end, praise him and give him chocolate.
Do water fighting
You can play this game in the summer season. Take some plastic cups, bowl, can, or plastic pistol. Choose the safe prop. Wear any water play outfit and start through water on each other.
Get out a piece of paper or utilize a dry board that can be erased. Play hangman with your children.
This basic game empowers spelling and assists, kids, with learning the capacity of interpreting words. It’s instructive and enjoyable at the same time.
Play with ball
Regardless of whether it’s soccer, baseball, b-ball, kickball, dodgeball, or calm ball — simply play! It is a very simple game. Take a ball. Through it slowly towards your kid. Ask him to catch the ball. Then he will through back It will be an interesting and cheap game.
Have a story competition with your kids. Tell him a story. Then ask him to tell you a different story. Do this turn by turn. But remember that your stories must be based on some morals or lessons. In this way, you can teach many things to your kids.
Act on a poem
Sing a poem with action with your kids. For example, I perform the poem ‘’Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars’’. My nephew follows me and does the same. He learns how to move his body with the words. He enjoys this game.
Go for a walk or on bike ride
As you know kids love to go out. Spare some time for your kids. Go on a long bike ride or a walk. Do this daily. While walking does conversion with him. Ask them about their interests.
In the evening go to the roof with your kids and fly a kite. Although they do not know how to fly. They will assist you and enjoy it. But be careful. They must not hold the rope.
Although children cannot cook. But most girls love cooking in their childhood. They want to cook as their mothers do. When you are going to cook any simple dish take them with you to the kitchen. They will assist you in cooking. Ask them to bring glass, basket, and many different tasks like these. They will enjoy it.
Buy a plastic bat and a small ball. Play cricket with your child at home. Through the ball slowly. Teach him how to do bating and balling. Your child shows energy while playing