Why Playing is IMPORTANT to children

Day 3, HUB #3

Kids love to play by nature

Playing sandcastle is one of my kids favorite play
Playing sandcastle is one of my kids favorite play | Source

Children's different point of view about playing

When we see children building plastic or wooden blocks, spreading their arms out pretending to be an airplane while humming the roar of the airplane’s engine, learning to skip jumping rope, we are likely to think that these children play are just for fun.

A different view from an adult occupation and doing homework.

Most of us were taught since our childhood days that play was fun but homework was a compulsory schoolwork to do every day and an occupation was an adult responsibility to work in order to earn some money.

However, we should learn to look into a child’s different point of view about play.

Children play is equally important as adult work because that are hard at work too, learning about the world by training themselves for future useful work.

Angry at play

A child learns how to control his anger instead of throwing off tantrums
A child learns how to control his anger instead of throwing off tantrums | Source

Do you play toys together with your child?

  • No, I let him play on his own.
  • Yes, I play with him almost all the time.
  • Sometimes, only when he ask me to play with him
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Why children's play is important?

A very good question. Why is a child's play important?

Every child develops his:

  • social,
  • emotional,
  • physical and
  • personality growth through play.

This is how a child learns about the things around him that moves, react through his actions.

Initially, he may taken aback of the response from a toy but he will gradually start to use his five senses to play along with the toy.

What are the five senses?

  • Sight- see with his eyes
  • Smell- smell with his nose
  • Touch-feel with his hands and feet
  • Hear- hear with his ears
  • Taste- eat or drink with his mouth

A child's play is important in his early years as he is learning to explore his own world through his imaginative mind by experimenting different actions as he plays.

Example of play are:

  • Tossing the ball against the wall, why the ball bounces back at him?
  • Pushing off his bowl of peas off the table, why the peas scatters over the places?
  • Building up a pile of blocks, why does or doesn't the blocks fall off?

Through play, your child is working hard to understand the aftermath actions that he had done; cleaning up the mess !

As your child grows, his imagination will be something out of the box, thinking of more complex situation as he motivate himself to try harder to achieve his "wants" in his play.

A child's play will enhance his:

  • being independent- learn how to do it on his own
  • creative talent- learn how to use an object to perform a task ( a box as his car )
  • solving problems- how to achieve his desire of an object by thinking of solutions instead of asking for mummy's help
  • curiosity- lots of questions are forming in his head, why and how the toys work.
  • social skill- he learns how to take turns, ask for help from older siblings or parent, learn to wait patiently, learning the basic manners such as "Thank you" , "Please" , and "Sorry"
  • develop feelings- happy, sad, anger, anxiety, tired, etc
  • emotions- learn how to control his emotional feelings; when he had to wait for his turn to play trucks or swing

My niece loved this Fisher price peek a boo giraffe when I bought it for her birthday present.

She is 3 years old and she loved to put in blocks of animals into the giraffe neck, stacking them up.

The blocks could come out from the bottom of the giraffe, which does not her hands. Sometimes the made of plastic sharp edges would hurt little hands when accidentally scraped but Fisher price toys do not have any sharp edges. That is why I chose this toy.

It comes with 8 different animals in each blocks of transparent plastic boxes, sealed with colorful roofs. This way, kids will not be able to pop in the animals into their mouth!

Toy Train from recycle materials

We made this toy train out of toilet paper rolls, pringles can and excess color paper. His favorite train at no cost!
We made this toy train out of toilet paper rolls, pringles can and excess color paper. His favorite train at no cost! | Source

Children Never Give Up!

  • When a baby is passing a toy from one hand to another or learning to crawl downstairs by using his knee and legs instead of his hands.
  • a toddler pushing a block along the crack on the floor, pretending the crack is the road
  • pretending the block as a car, better than nothing!
  • children learn to improve themselves through their play, not because it is easy but it is hard.
  • Surprising, isn't it? Notice that children never give up easily when they face any difficulties in their play times.
  • They will ask for adults or older siblings help to solve their problems. Children are struggling everyday to experience more difficult tasks and to achieve what older siblings and adults can do.

My son used to play these wooden alphabet blocks when he was a toddler. I would recommend this toy for first time parents.

There are many choices to choose from in the market but Amazon featured these blocks of 1.75" size are suitable for 1.5 years old kids to hold onto their tiny palms.

The blocks woods don't come off, the colors are solid and the letters cut out are clear. My son and I had a great time stacking up the alphabets and then pushing the blocks off to make tumbling noises. It was fun. Just don't throw at each other!


Buy Wooden Blocks for toddlers

What toys are suitable for my child?

Toys which are suitable for a child depends on his age and his ability. Choosing the best toy isn't the main criteria right now.

Choosing the toy that he CAN play, doesn't hurt him or pose a danger to him.

Choose a simple toy that is:

  • not too small- he might put object into his mouth and swallow it
  • sharp pointed parts- he might hurt himself accidentally
  • colors- make sure the colors of the toys are non-toxic. The stain of the color might goes to his hands. What if he eats a biscuit with his stained hand? Will he get food poisoning?

From Baby to 10 months old

  • Babies from birth to 6 months love to play facial expressions.
  • You can see he focused on your facial expression very cautiously rather than the people around him.
  • Look at your baby and make funny faces as you see he giggles.
  • If you make a sad or crying face, he may kick you and cry along with you.
  • Babies also love peek-a-boo game, by using both our hands to close our face and open up slowly to show our exciting expression.
  • Never "Boo" a baby as you may scared him off.
  • 10month old loves anything that he can pushes, pull, put in his mouth and grabbing.
  • Look for fabric type toys or toy mobile with handles. He is learning to stand with his wobbly legs, a great chance for him to practice standing.

Most Popular Toys for kids at home

Lego sets, my son's favorite. He builds towers of high rise building and houses of his own imagination
Lego sets, my son's favorite. He builds towers of high rise building and houses of his own imagination | Source
Nice to hug Winnie the Pooh bears, my son loves to play fighting games with the bears
Nice to hug Winnie the Pooh bears, my son loves to play fighting games with the bears | Source
Dolls with assorted dresses are girls best friend, pretending to be a mummy role
Dolls with assorted dresses are girls best friend, pretending to be a mummy role | Source

Age 2- 5 years old

  • At this age, kids love to use his imagination to create nothing out of something. Using a hairbrush to comb his sibling's hair while he uses his own two front fingers as a pair of scissors to cut the hair. He is pretending to be a barber.
  • Get two toilet paper rolls, tie with a long string to pretend a telephone conversation.
  • A big box that could fit in two kids makes a great imaginative bus with passengers. Use teddy bears and dolls are extra passengers.
  • Kitchen set is any little girl's favorite toy, imitating mommy at home cooking up some delicious meal. You can buy a simple kitchen set or give her your old cooking tools to play with. make sure they are clean and sterilized.
  • Pretend to be a detective with make believe binoculars out of two toilet paper rolls and a string. My son became a detective, peeking behind the doors or the furniture.
  • Legos, every child's favorite blocks to form a building, house, car, table or anything that he can think off!

3D Recycle cardboard

My son made this 3D recycle cardboard
My son made this 3D recycle cardboard | Source

Let Children Play with Blocks

Lego Toy Car vs Realistic Toy Car?

Children usually love to play toys which are simple and easy to play with and they will stick to the toys, the longest.

Simple toys do not mean that the child doesn't use his brain at all. This is because simple and easy to play with toys give children lots of opportunity to widen their imagination.

For example, there are 2 different types of toy cars.

One is a realistic car with race tracks while the other is made from plastic blocks with various sizes that pile together easily( E.g.: LEGO, wooden blocks )

Most young children would only push one realistic car along the race tracks on the floor. It is not easy for children to detach and attach the race tracks together and they may get bored after a while.

However, the plastic block cars are different because children can pile 2 or 3 plastic blocks on top of each other, pretend to be a bus or a truck to pick up goods.

When they are bored, these plastic blocks become other vehicles, robots or a high tower building which help them to enhance their wildest imagination.

Toilet paper rolls to spare?

Keep toilet paper rolls after use. These are great for making toys and crafts
Keep toilet paper rolls after use. These are great for making toys and crafts | Source

Handmade toys vs store bought toys

Children Can Accept Any Form of Toys

Parents usually have the misunderstood that expensive toys from branded companies are better than not so famous toys, foreign made toys.

The truth is, children are able to accept any form of toys, regardless of brands or handmade.

  • You can use 2 empty toilet roll, attach 1 strong string at one end and another string at the other end. This makes a fine telephone plaything that your children will play till their hearts content. If this self made telephone plaything does not last more than a week, do not buy fancier toys as you need to find out what your children really enjoy playing.

Otherwise, they will be spoil for choices, do not appreciate the toys that they have currently and do not take care the existing toys. Hence, they may destroy or damage the toys in order for you to buy new toys that had seen in television or toy stores.

(To tell you the truth, I have not buy any toys for my boy since he was born! All the toys that he has were given by his cousins, neighbors and his older sister’s toy which were 12 years ago! Don’t worry about the 12 years ago toys. They were sterilize, wash cleanly and basked under the hot sun before I hand them to him )

Does your child plays old toys used by his older siblings?

  • No, definitely not. Dirty and unhygiene
  • Yes, some of them which are still playable.
  • Yes, I don't buy any toys for my children. Waste of money.
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Allow Children to Play at their Own Level

Very often, a mother or a father who is playing with the child would make the play too serious. When a parent bought their little girl a doll with a whole set of various clothes; there is no doubt that the parent would interfere or teach the child how to dress the doll; starting with the underwear.

Mother and Daughter Different Opinion

  • However, little girl may want to start dressing up her doll with the blouse instead.
  • When the mother keeps correcting the child about the dress up consistency, the child gets annoyed easily because she was not given the freedom to choose the doll’s clothes that she prefers.
  • The child’s creativity and imagination are being controlled by the mother’s strong opinion and reluctance to let the child play at her own level.

Father and Son Different Opinion

Another set of example is when a father buys a set of car racing tracks for his toddler son. It is difficult for a father not to stop his child from playing the car which doesn’t go along the box instructions.

  • The father never had the opportunity to play the car racing tracks, gets excited to fit the tracks together. However, the young toddler runs out of patient and starts meddling with one of the toy cars along the side of the coffee table, as it falls off to the floor.
  • The father stopped his toddler from touching the toy car the toy car and sternly instructed him to sit quietly until the racetrack is completely set up.
  • The innocent child gets bored, lost his patience in waiting as he could not understand why he had to do so, wanders off to play something else which caught his attention.

Don't interfere unless you are asked

Only answer when you child ask for help
Only answer when you child ask for help | Source

Should parents interfere a child's play?

The best method to rectify these problems is to allow the child to play in his own way.

Children will gradually have interest in dressing up dolls in a proper way, coloring the pictures accordingly and playing race track as the box instructions at different milestones of development.

  • Do not hurry or correct them every time they play incorrectly.
  • Let children play at their own level. Your actions will induce your children feeling useless and stupid.
  • As a result, their feelings and self esteem are hurt, create more harm than good as they will lose confidence and rely on adults all the time.
  • It is true that children love to have adults and older siblings to play with them, subject to play at their own childish level.
  • Allow your children how to play, ask them whether you can play in another method. If they disagree or disallow, just play along with their style.
  • Give them your opinion if they ask for your help. It is wise to make a research before purchasing a toy. If you have bought a complicated toy, let them play for a while and keep the toy away after you have explained to them your reasons.
  • Do not purposely hide the toys as they could not accept their new toy being taken away for no reason. Distract them with another simpler toy to play with. When the children are much older, they will be able to understand how to play the proper way.

© 2012 peachy

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TeachableMoments 4 years ago from California

Play is the most important aspect of a child's life. They learn about the world through play. Thanks for spreading the word. Great hub.

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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author


Thanks for reading my hub. I find that parents control too much on their children, almost everything. Hence, parents should let loose when children play with toys. Children Imagination are awesome!

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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

Peach purple very inpformative hub. liked it

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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author


Thanks for y comments. You have kids?

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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi peachpurple! Very useful and informative hub. I always make it a point to gift a few sets of Lego to the underprivileged child every year.

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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author


thanks for dropping by. That is a good idea to share gifts to children. A kind heart soul you are indeed.

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jpcmc 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I have a 2 year old daughter and I just can't stop her from exploring...why should I? I see her become more creative and imaginative. Her physical, cognitive and emotional skills grow exponentially when she explores the world.

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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author


Glad to hear that your 2 yr old girl is an active child.

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jpcmc 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I'm proud of my little angel peachpurple.

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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author


you sure are a happy and proud daddy. congrats

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howtofindaman 3 years ago

Anything is a toy, I agree.

Look at the people who created 'pen spinning' as a hobby while they were bored in the school class room.

THey developed hand dexterity from spinning their pencils and pens!

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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author


Very true

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Great insight here into children playing. Play is so important in the life of a child! I remember one Christmas I loaded my children down with gifts of great proportions LOL, I thought ... and guess what my son loved the most ... the large boxes the gifts came in. He would play for hours in those boxes ...lesson learned!

Now, with my grands, I take a different approach, but they ask me continually to play with them and I do of course.

Up +++ tweeting and pinning

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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks, i use empty boxes to make play toys for my son

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SAQIB6608 24 months ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

I have loved this hub for being natural about children. I think children (not babies) require a sense of freedom. That freedom allows them to display their love for any toy/ game or sport.



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Joel Diffendarfer 21 months ago from Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, PA

Again, as usual, great article! Looking back at raising my (9) kids, I wish I would have played with them even more. All of my kids grew up camping and still do with their kids. All of my kids play with their kids. When it comes to my grandkids (so far, 11), I play with them constantly--I will play trucks and dolls...get dirtier than them, and don't regret a single minute of it. Thanks again for bringing joy to my day Peachy!

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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

Joel Diffendarfer

you sound like a happy grandpa, my dad didn't had the time to play with my boy

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Millionaire Tips 21 months ago from USA

I agree. Children should be given lots of time to play, and simple toys that let them use their imagination and expand their skills.

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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

Millionaire Tips

true, kids should be allowed to play with their own imagination

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Hannah David Cini 20 months ago from Nottingham

So very true, its lovely to see their imaginations and personality develop through play.

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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks, kids imagination are wide, wild and beyond adults imagination

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TreasuresBrenda 17 months ago from Canada

We loved playing with our children...and still do though the play is more likely to be a board game since they're grown men now.

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peachpurple 17 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks treasuresbrenda, true, I still play board games too

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Akriti Mattu 16 months ago from Shimla, India

Physical activity is extremely important for kids. So glad you wrote this piece. Voted up :)

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peachpurple 16 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author


Spin 13 months ago

Another thing important for children is discipline. Pen Spinning is a good way to teach discipline. You can learn pen spinning at http://www.elitepenspinning.com. There you can learn tricks from beginner to intermediate. Keep on Spinning!

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peachpurple 13 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks spin, yes i agree with you that discipline is compulsory too

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ladyguitarpicker 12 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

Great hub with useful thoughts about playing. I have found out from our little granddaughter that she loves to build with empty oatmeal containers. The 5 year old likes to color them for the younger child. Her mom is a Dr. and they have tons of toys but she likes it here so she can play with the oatmeal containers.

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peachpurple 12 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

Thanks ladyguitarpicker, your grand daughter would be an enginner in future

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