Gone are the days where the emphasis was learning from the books and rote reading. Now, researchers have proved that ‘Play Way Method’ is a better way of teaching children. They grasp, learn, retain and implement them when they learn through the play way method. Therefore playing has become an integral part of development process.
It’s good to let the child be independent and play on their own. But it’s equally important for the parents to build their self confidence, self esteem, focus their attention and help in increasing their vocabulary and improve motor skills by interactively playing with them. They may not acquire these skills naturally, so they need to be taught to do it.
Watch and Learn
To play with the child, it’s important to observe their pattern of play. Some kids like to break open the toy and see the internal workings, some just look at the exteriors of it. It requires patience to watch and understand the child’s interest and playing accordingly.
Focus on their ideas
Once the parents have observed the child, they try to take the upper hand and ask the child to do what they want to do. Although the parents do it with the good intentions, they children may not view it that way. When kids are dominated by the parents, then they get a feeling of being unable to do anything. Also, the parents may end up doing something opposite of what the child wants to do. So while playing with the child, it’s always better to ask them what they want to play and how and follow their cue.
Use Information Talk
Information Talk is terminology used by the speech therapists to interact with the child. Its nothing but talking to the child about what they see, things they hear, what they think of it etc. When the parents discuss these with the children during the playtimes, it helps them to take note of the surroundings. Also it would help to learn about the modulations in speech, improve their language and sentence construction as well. Care should be taken to load the child with so information appropriate to their age. Too much of information may confuse them.
Squat and play
Above all, children like it very much when the parents and the carers sit with them on the floor and play with their toys.