Throughout the child’s development, play increases in importance and changes with the child´s age. There are many ways of playing and each one of them is made and enjoyed by the child who chooses it. It is a preparatory exercise for the acquisition of knowledge and skills useful for everyday life. It helps the development and maturation of the child and has to be adapted to each age.

Symbolic play

Symbolic play, as its name suggests, tries to reproducereal-life situations in a symbolic way and can be done from various approaches:


  • Lifestyle close to the child (family, school, friends…).
  • Lifestyle outside their environment(professions, creating characters, etc.).

Symbolic play in children is divided into several stages in which we can observe a gradual development that ranges from the simplest (taking a doll to sleep) to more complex and group activities which are increasingly similar to reality (role-playing: doctors, going to the supermarket, etc.).

Symbolic play is important for intellectual development, for understanding and assimilating diverse situations, for socialising, developing your imagination, developing your physical skills and, of course, for stimulating and developing all areas of language and communication.

That is why children shold spend as much time as possible playing, besides having fun. By doing it, they are learning, creating and developing all their abilities. Not leaving enough time for our children’s play is totally detrimental to their development and we can cause difficulties without meaning to.

There is no better game than the one we create in our imagination and shape with others, it is the basis of communication.

If you have doubts about which games are the most beneficial, or simply do not know how to play with your children, at Corps à L’aise we are here to help you.

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