Play, play and play again! The game, for a child, is a need as vital as the sun or the food! But in the huge toy box that our consumer society has, how can you find your bearings? Advice.
What criteria to choose a game for your child
- "This is not the toy that a child needs to grow, but play," warns Sophie Marinopoulos, psychologist, who has devoted research to play in children. Hear there, playing.
- Not false ! What a wonder to see what becomes a simple cardboard packing in their eyes: house, car, plane, hat! What concentration in these children who, having just returned from school, carefully prepare all the material to play in their turn to the teacher!
- But when parents walk through the gates of a play sign, they are often puzzled and confused by the toy-filled shelves.
Criterion # 1: Beware of marketing offensives
- Often, the indications of age printed by the manufacturers on the boxes are lowered for commercial reasons: one thus widens the panel of potential customers!
- For Anne-Sophie Casal, a psychologist and trainer at the National Center for Training in Games and Toy Trades in Lyon, there is a "from", but in the other direction, it is limitless: if a child regains interest in one of his "baby" toys, why not?
Criterion 2: Let's observe their aspirations ...
- Did your child ever hang with the Lego, while these Danish bricks made the joy of your own childhood? Never mind ! No child takes a game in the same way, and there is no need to worry if he leaves it out.
- Some will get into action, building meticulous towers and houses, vehicles and vehicles. Others will prefer to tell stories, projecting into the game what worries them: "It looks like you, you would be the student, and I would be the mistress."
- And nothing is fixed in the marble. The dinosaurs that populated the first quarter of your elder's big section may become dusty in the spring!