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Why do children play?

Why do children play?

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Playing is what allows the child to tame the real, so it's what structures him, which helps him to grow in a solid, quiet way. How does the child play from an early age? What are the different games involved in its development? The answers of Anne Vachez-Gatecel, psychomotrician and clinical psychologist.

Why do you say that playing is vital for the child?

  • Because the child discovers the world and learns to live with others while playing. Because the game allows the child to tame the real world that is both scary and complex when it's small.

Does the child start playing at an early age?

  • Very small, the first games of the baby are exploration games. The child puts in the mouth, sucks, touches, manipulates, listens, looks: he explores the universe that surrounds him. Then there is what are called imitation and scripting games (the "play" in English), then a little later, the rules games like board games, the "game" in English. But what is very important to remember is that from the first age, the game only makes sense in a relationship with others.

A baby playing on his play mat or in his recliner does not play alone?

  • No, in reality, he plays because he knows that the other (his mother, his dad, a nanny) is not far. He can really play, explore the objects around him only if he is not in the anxiety of being abandoned.
  • From a very young age, one child needs to interact with the other. And it is this experience of inner security that he will acquire little by little, which will then allow him to play alone, to tell stories, then play with boyfriends, and to invent stories to several .
  • This first stage of exploration of the world, with its body, sounds, interactions with dad or mom lasts up to 18 months.

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