Like I’d always said, “learning through play IS the BEST way to learn!!!”, translated…
With the various stages of development, you must design the games that are age-appropriate, so your children won’t feel too frustrated, or withdrawn from the games.
A lot of the educators pointed out, that playing is the work of the child, and, children ARE learning through the games they played. Through games, the children can learn to discover about their surrounding environments, that can help them develop their senses, their intelligences, their language abilities as well, and they can learn how to solve problems, and how to interact with the world. And still, with the various stages of developments, the games that are appropriate are different, so, the choosing of the games became especially important. The suggested games for the various ages are as follows:
From 0 to 1: Ringing the Bells
At this stage, the baby is getting to know the world through her/his sense, the parents can use bells or other toys that make sounds to stimulate the infants’ visual and auditory abilities, to attract the baby’s attention, and, get the baby to feel motivated to grab on, if the baby can lie on her/his back for a long time, then, you can elevate the height of the toys, to increase the infant’s neck and shoulder muscle tones.
Age 1 to 2: Stacking Fun
After the baby can sit up straight, s/he will further the development of her/his hand activities. The parent can use blocks of about five cubic centimeters, to play, have the children use one or two hands, to stack them up, to increase the children’s hand-eye coordination and fine motor movements in their hands, and, when the blocks fall, it can get the children’s attention andit would make them laugh; on top of that, you can have the kids, work on their imaginations with building blocks too.
Ages 2 to 3: Passing Across the Small Islands
As babies start walking, they would love to move all over the places, discovering bigger movements, and games using bigger movements. You can put the square mats on the floor, in patterns, have the child hop or jump her/his way to the other side of the room, this can challenge the coordination between the limbs and the torsos, and the balance of the child, on top of that, the surfaces of the mats also offer the child varied stimulations on the skin.
Ages 3 to 5: Stepping on Towels
At this level of development, the child is filled with energy, loved to challenge an assortment of movements, and, you can increase the level of difficulty in the games. Use two bath towels, twist them, grab on to the tips, so the towel became a circle, have the child’s feet step on the towel, and when you’d pulled up the towels, the leg on the same side would also get lifted, if the child can manage walking in this method, you can add obstacles in her/his paths, and, this will improve the child’s hand feet coordination.
In sum, the designs of the games must take into considerations the cognitive developments of the child, and the level of difficulty shouldn’t be too hard or too easy, so the child doesn’t feel discouraged, or withdrawn. On top of that, you must also consider the safety of the external environments, to allow your child to grow up in the safe and happy gaming-learning process.
So, this, is on the appropriateness of games that children can play, and, you must consider the developmental stages of Piaget, Sensori-motor, preoperational, concrete operational, formal operational, to make the games you develop appropriate for you child. If this is done correctly, your child is surely to have a memorable childhood, filled with fun and learning too!