The Importance Of Symbolic Play In Children's Development

The game is the symbolic representation of children of roles and situations, with arguments of their own creation, they do for fun. But also and a recreational function, this type of play helps the child and the child develop their cognitive, language.
A game is the symbolic representation of children of roles and situations, with arguments of their own creation, they do for fun.

This type of game appears after two years together with the representative function, which allows children to expand their psychological understanding of other people and apply what they have learned from their own representations.

With symbolic play, the child also expands your understanding of yourself, because in this game are assumed roles that easily then leave others to adopt different, something the child can do thanks to the confidence you have about who and security that is in who is not.

These concepts may seem complex, so I will try to illustrate with an example. Imagine a girl who now takes on the role of mother when playing the cottages in the classroom of kindergarten, but in the afternoon at the park playing daughter make without doubt for a moment who is herself.

Overcoming fears playing

A very important function with symbolic games that children used to express the fears, fantasies, or issues of concern. In this way, the child can release the stress that it causes a nightmare, repeating it in the game until you find a satisfactory solution or you can play your dad that you are traveling, just arrived and we all are very happy, relieving stress that may cause separation.

For the child, the environment played game where your fears and worries is a safe place where you know you can control everything that happens, so play what he fears. Many parents are surprised to see their children playing the same as they were awakened in the middle of the night with screaming, but they should not worry, as is the way in which the small release their frustrations.

Playing learn to cooperate

When the symbolic play, this is usually done individually by the child, but with advancing age, the child begins to play with the other children, which involves learning to respect the rules of each scene shared. These rules determine how to behave as a character in the game or the characteristics of an action that everyone should play in achieving a common goal.

When the child plays in a group, it may happen that you forget the paper, then, when his teammates will remember what to do, and the rules of the game. With this, children also develop prosocial behavior of helping others and caring for their needs.

Game characters

Children use symbolic games in two types of characters: the stereotyped and fiction.
The stereotypes are characterized by the attitude we play and try to resemble reality. For example, the child does mom or dad.
The fictional characters have names and come from the stories, films or television and run more predictable behavior, as they have a distinctive role. Most often, children do not represent these characters, but "talk" with them or involve them as one more. Thus we can see a child playing with the other in a game where everyone is themselves and they will discover a treasure, but our child is Peter Pan

Playing with language

The symbolism of the game can also be taken by children to language. When the child begins to acquire the language discovers a new world that has come to dominate and which will experience widely.

There are social games in which language plays a very important role as they are the spontaneous rhyming games, games to invent new words or conversation games in which children experience with conversations that adults use in their lectures.

Keep the goal you have, pretend play is vitally important in child development and be concerned if it is not, because the child may have autistic disorder type. In which case, is it necessary for a professional psychoeducation to work with small and flexible strategies dowry their thinking and develop imagination.

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timothystills timothystills
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1 Response Nov 11, 2012

great stuff.