Playing is an essential part of cognitive development for children

Playing is an essential part of cognitive development for children

Introduction

Playing is an essential part of cognitive development for children, as it enhances their interaction with the external environment. Play allows children to coordinate body movements, develop speech abilities and gain a broader understanding of the world through mastery of instruction. Developmental science research provides that children use play to explore their potential and limits to performing tasks other than from amusement purposes only. The theory of cognitive development in children by Jean Piaget provides that different stages of development characterized by different types of play that assist in enhancing cognitive skills and promoting correspondence to successive stages of growth. According to Piaget’s theory, the preoperational stage is the second stage of cognitive development in children that occurs from age 2-7 years.

During this stage, children start to develop speech and ability to master symbolic function that assists in symbolic play, and make-believe games (Piaget and Inhelder). At this stage, children can associated objects with words although they have not yet developed sound understanding. Toys are the critical element of play, and age three children require a toy that will assist in mastery of symbolic function. As such, I would develop a toy collection that includes charts and colorful, kinetic sand.

Design a Toy

The toy comes as a collection that includes kinetic sand and charts. Kinetic sand is fun to play with for both children and adults, as such it allows parents and guardians to participate in the play process making it more interactive and educative. Kinetic sand is modified nons

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