5 Best Tips to Help Independent Play
Now more than ever there is a need for children to play independently, and that is why we want to give you some tips that they can put into practice to achieve this.
All children are born with the ability to imagine and create, and it is the parents’ duty that this be maintained and not lost along the way. In this sense, it is important to promote independent play so that children encourage their creativity every day. When children are taught it is not play, it is learning. The game, on the other hand, provides a certain self-learning thanks to the imagination and creativity.
Play is an essential part of the healthy development of children in their first years of life. That is the reason why now, in view of the confinement due to the pandemic, there is a need to encourage independent play from home. Sometimes we get desperate and put the screen on because we have the wrong notion that it is the only option. Many times, we have to hook the children to the game and that is the key.
Experts say: Independent Play can boost confidence, creativity, and so much more. Play holds great importance for your child’s development – even when their playtime is on their own! Playing alone, an activity we call independent play, can be an important time for your child to explore and learn more about themselves.
Here we leave you 5 best tips to help your child's independent play.
#1 Set the example
Most children’s behaviors are learned, and play is no exception. Play with your little one so that he can learn to do it through experience.
#2 Launch it in game
By dedicating a moment of uninterrupted attention to your child, in addition to momentarily supplying his need to be with you, you are also motivating him to play.
#3 Respect their moment
When you see your concentrated little one playing, don’t interrupt him, not even to ask what he’s doing or how he’s doing. Respect your space to the maximum and at all times.
#4 The play space
Passive toys encourage active play. In this sense, forget all those toys full of batteries so that they do not stop making noises and lights … it is better that you focus on toys with blocks or dolls without movement. In this way children will be able to create their own fascinating scenarios when they are not programmed to sit quietly and only watch.
Your child will need a space where he can safely play alone, a child-proof place! If you are constantly thinking about not hurting himself, you will interrupt his game over and over again. In this sense, the best thing is that you can allow a safe place where there are no dangers and your children can play without problems.
#5 Be careful with expectations
If you think that your child will not know how to do it or is interested in playing alone, then you will be communicating through those expectations that he is not really capable of playing by himself. Your expectations can often turn into self-fulfilling prophecies. For this reason, trust more in the possibilities of your child to play alone and thus enhance the creativity and imagination that he has since he was born. Do not annihilate his understanding just by believing that he is not capable of doing it alone or that he needs you for everything!
We know that culture is slowly eliminating this kind of childhood game when it should be empowering it. We no longer respect time lost in the game, and therefore we are losing the game. We fear that if our children are not taught shapes, colors, the alphabet … or if what they are doing cannot be documented and evaluated, then it is not time well spent.
We must consider as parents that independent play is essential for the child’s sense of identity and is also necessary for parents. In fact, there are many parents who do not have help from others close to them and children’s independent playtime can allow them, for example, to cook.
Remember, new technologies are no babysitter! Instead, independent playtime is a wonderful time that must be enhanced more and more.
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