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Why do children play?

When you get back from an exhausting day, you can only think about relaxing with your child. But as soon as you get home, you come across: “Can we play?”
Playing, for a child, seems to be his main goal. But why? It was not until I received the Playboard that I really started to wonder about this aspect of child development.
When the baby is just born, he is immature, constantly developing. He is growing physiologically. It always develops uniformly: longitudinal and axial.
In other words, the baby grows and then stabilizes his lower limbs, culminating in walking, around 1 year of age. He then keeps refining the maturity of its limbs down to the fingers, its fine dexterity or more commonly known as skills.
At the same time, the brain matures, cognitive functions such as memory, language and executive functions become more and more efficient.

In summary, Max & Lea’s Playboard is the ideal tool to stimulate these cognitive functions. It is the perfect ally for the psychomotor development of children from 1 to 6 years old.
The child will be happy to be able to use his new abilities by manipulating circles, stars, stacking rings.
As they develop, the child will recognize animals, name them, categorize them (key step for memorization and concentration).

Playing is the best means of communication between children and adults. It is important that the child feels supported while he learns through play. Parents must be involved! Playing for children has a cognitive but also a socializing role.
When you have a tool like the Playboard at your disposal, it is important to be creative. When you play with your child, he will show you what he can do, he will be proud of himself, and you too! Without realizing it, the child will be building his self-esteem, which is the basis of his mental well-being.

You can also approach the management of emotions through the Playboard. For example, when he can’t stack the circles, or when he is not able to fit the shapes, your child may get angry. Show him that anger should not take precedence over learning. When a so-called negative emotion occurs, cognitive functions are blocked and we can no longer think.
So reassure your child and show him that learning is about trying, failing and succeeding! Even if he is young, the child understands, you just have to adapt your vocabulary to his age.
Don’t hesitate to give other uses to the Playboard! You can start introducing foreign languages with it by naming shapes, colors or animals in different languages.

As they develop, children learn to live in society, they learn the rules. By using the Playboard, you can introduce these concepts. It is reassuring for a child to know that they are growing up in a stable environment where there are limits. It is of course normal that the child will want to see what is beyond these limits, this is the No! Phase! … But don’t worry, this is a sign of good psychic functioning!

In short, you have an adaptable educational tool at your disposal, perfect to help the child’s psychomotor development. The Playboard offers you almost endless possibilities, it’s up to you to set the limits!
Angélique Kosinski
Psychologist specializing in early childhood.
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