#Get them back to the playgrounds# creative play for cognitive development
A recent study conducted by a popular Kerala daily reveals that, today’s kids find it hard to hold a pen or pencil at preliminary classes as their hands muscles are weakened by the constant use of smart phones. In today’s techy world kids are introduced to the virtual reality at a very tender age. The hazardous after effects begin to pop up even among the pre-school children.
The study reveals that due to the decline of the real play children lose the Dynamic Tripod Grasp; which is the ability to hold a pen/pencil using the three fingers. The pencil skills and most importantly handwriting is a much more complex skill than we often realize. The frequent use of smart phones and tabs destroys the flexibility of hand muscles and fingers become too soft to be used for writing or drawing.
An interesting factor is that the top most technology experts like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did not introduce tabs and smart phones to their kids. They believed that kids need to play and learn the real world before entering the technology zone!!
What happens in between When they overuse technology:
• Kids become more lethargic
• Miss connections with the outer world
• Become egocentric and aggressive
# Real Play is important #Jean Piaget’s theory of Cognitive Development
The world famous child development theorist Jean Piaget explains the cognitive development in children in four stages:
Sensorimotor Stage (O-2 Years)
The stage during which sensory input and motor responses become coordinated, the child put everything he gets in his mouth and plays with the “Chance” card. Active play with child is most effective at this stage. Encourage explorations in touching, smelling, and manipulating objects. Peekaboo is a good way to establish the permanence of objects. Indoor soft play toys are a better option as they are weightless, soft and secure compared to other play toys.
Preoperational Stage (2-7 Years)
The period of cognitive development when children begin to use language and think symbolically, yet remain intuitive and egocentric. The child plays Monopoly, but make up his own rules and
cannot understand instructions, specific examples and touching or seeing things continues to be more useful than verbal explanations. Learning the concept of conservation may be aided by
demonstrations with soft toys, liquids, beads, clay, and other substances.
Concrete Operational (7-11 years)
The period of cognitive development during which children begin to use concepts of time,space, volume, and number, but in ways that remain simplified and concrete. The child understands basic instructions and will play by the rules but is not capable of hypothetical transactions dealing with mortgages, loans, and special, pacts with other players. Children are beginning to use generalizations, but they still require specific examples to grasp many ideas. Expect a degree of inconsistency in the child’s ability to apply concepts of time, space, quantity, and volume to new situations.
Formal Operations Stage (11 Years and Up)
The period of Intellectual development marked by a capacity for abstract, theoretical, and hypothetical thinking, The child no longer plays the game mechanically; complex and hypothetical transactions unique to each game are now possible. It is now more effective to explain things verbally or symbolically and to help children master general rules and principles. Encourage the child to create hypotheses and to imagine how things could be.
Gift your children an awesome childhood! Give them space to play, learn and explore. Let them be simple, silly and messy… Gift them your company instead of video games, play with them and help them to grow wonderfully…