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10 reasons for free games

Why free games for the development of children is so important

Children need to play several hours a day, - as self-determined and undisturbed, along with other children, indoor and outdoor. Who thinks playing is useless pastimes, senseless kid stuff or mere gimmick that is wrong. Play is the most successful educational and development program, the Supreme discipline of learning and the best education in the world! Learn about why this is so, here.

By Margit Franz, author of the book "today again only played - and thereby learned a lot!"

1. play is children in the cradle

The man is a "Homo sapiens" and a "Homo ludens", so a wise and a gambling man. Games probably belongs to the oldest cultural techniques of the people. Man shares his game drive with many other mammals. Because evolution has produced this behavior, the urge to play is deeply rooted in the people. Not a human child must be encouraged to play, motivated or prompted. It is easy — anywhere, anytime.

2. play is a child's basic need

Such as eating, drinking, sleeping, care, play is a basic human need. Play is the work of the child for the educator Maria Montessori. When children play, they are at their toys with seriousness and concentration. Gambling is the main activity of the child and at the same time the level of its development. The intrinsically active game fosters child learning and development processes in many ways.

3. play is fun and joy

A child plays with the intention to learn something useful. Children are playing passionately, because it makes fun of them. You can enjoy their own deeds and thereby experienced self-efficacy. Children are naturally curious and curiosity is the best education in the world. Tirelessly they try new and valuable life experience in this way. Gambling learning is pleasurable, holistic learning, because all the senses that are involved - also known as nonsense.

4. play trained the body

An essential function of movement-rich playing is the training of a young body. Muscles, tendons, joints are strengthened. Movements are tried, coordinated and rehearsed. In this way, increasingly more complex actions succeed. Joy of motion becomes the engine of healthy development, so that a body feeling, consciousness, control, motion security, stamina and performance to form from. Physical effort and emotional participation challenge the whole personality. All this promotes the overall development of the personality. Here, even adventure and game beds can make a major contribution. Particularly since "Training" takes place every day, and by the way.

5. play and learning are a pair of dream

What at first appears to be opposed, is a dream pair, because play is the best possible promotion for children. It is the basic form of learning in childhood. Playing children understand the world. Game - and childhood researchers assume that a child at least 15,000 hours itself determined to have played until the entry of the school. Seven hours are in about a day.

6 play reduces stress

When we observe children at play, we can experience again and again, that they easily handle impressions. In role-playing games, nice, pleasing, but also sad, scary adventures are staged. What is a child, has sense and meaning for it. It's not so much, to achieve a specific goal or result. The game process and the experiences that can gather with other children in the game are much more important.

7 play is social learning

The age - and gender-mixed game group offers an optimal development framework for social learning. Because when children play with each other, it is to realize different game ideas. This must agreements made, be agreed rules, conflicts fought and negotiated solutions. Own needs must be withdrawn in favor of a game idea and game group, so that can develop a common game ever. Children strive for social solidarity. You want to belong to a group of game and develop this new behaviors and strategies that allow them to membership. Play opens the way to one's self, but also from the self to the you to the we.

8 play furthers creativity

Playing, children make their own reality. Is not, there is no – the fertile imagination makes almost everything possible. Imagination, creativity and game are unthinkable without each other. Childlike game actions are both imaginative and complex. You are always new ko-constructs. In-game issues arise often, that to be resolved. An essential part of the game makes the search for solutions. This experimental learning is active appropriation of the world in their own right.

9 play overcomes borders

Games has a great significance for friendships as well as culture - specific and cross-language contacts. The Kita is a place of socio-cultural diversity. The key to meeting and sharing is the game. Playing children grow into their culture and easily take up contact with each other, because in the game, all children speak the same language. Childlike openness to others and the interest in new crosses boundaries and allows that new patterns of relationship can develop.

10 games is a children's rights

Children have the right to leisure, recreation and play. This right to play is enshrined in article 31 of the UN says. The UN child rights Committee emphasizes that the children's play should be exercised independently and guided less by the adult. Task of child day-care facilities is to allow uninterrupted play in stimulating rooms - children indoors and outdoors. A game-enhancing education allows to develop their game skills, girls and boys, and gives parents remember, how well their children develop easily.

For the first time appeared in kindergarten today 10/2017, p. 18-19

Today again only played

The professionally sound and at the same time practical guide "today again only played - and thereby learned a lot!" by Margit Franz reveals the importance of child's play. It supports educators in the huge educational benefits of a "Pro play pedagogy" to parenthood and the public convincingly to represent.

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About the author

Margit Franz is diploma social worker, degree education, educator. She was Director of KiTa, researcher of the Darmstadt University of technology and educational expertise. Today she works as independent technical officer, author, and editor "practice KITA".

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