Tooth Fairy and Ben 10

What we actually have at present are memories of our past. – MitchRyan

Whenever my sisters and I get a chance to get together, funny, crazy, and happy moments we shared are oftentimes the topic. Reminiscing those bring us back in time, reminding us of that beautiful bond that binds us together.  It would have been great though had we captured those moments on photos,  to remind us of those treasured moments by the time our memories have already failed us.

Now, it’s my kids turn to make their own.

photo by Ryan D.
photo by Ryan D.

Taken a few weeks after Sumsum Dee pulled her fourth milk tooth out on her own.  She was very proud. Here, she’s wearing a polka-dot, sleeveless dress with pink head-band which she most of the time wears like a tiara.

Ben 10 moves
Ben 10 moves

Derick Dee is wearing his favorite Ben 10 attire which he extremely adores eventough others say they look like pajamas.

They are very well on Pretend Play or Make-Believe Play phase of development. This phase in child development is thought of by theorist as very crucial in every child’s cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development.

Could you still remember your pretend play as a child?

How about your own kids, who are they pretending to be?

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Derick, two years old with great passion for electrical things.

While other kids are playing with toy trucks and action figures, he on the other hand likes to tinker with  fans,  extension wires, and other electrical devices.  At the supermarket, he gets really fascinated with “electrical fans”, and would rather stay there than explore the toy section.

He has other “normal” toys, but his everyday favorites are broken electrical fan, extension wire, electronic mouse, and vacuum pipe.  Among all of these his greatest favorite is the electrical fan. Who says toys are only those sold at toys stores.  For Derick, this broken fan is a toy, it is in fact an educational toy.

quite eccentric huh ^_^….

Is this a foresight of his profession or career in the future?  What do you think?

What I know is that his passion over these things is simply overwhelming.

 

Kids learn best through play. Play may seems trivial to uninformed individuals but it plays an extremely important factor in a child’s cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development.  As a parent, I have observed these from my very own kids.  Their personalities are developed, and they learn to interact with others through play.  They learn to express themselves, rationalize and reason out.  More, they acquire and develop a degree of linguistic understanding which together with other factors like media, parental interaction, and school, they are able to form a rather complex linguistic expressions.  In fact they experiment on words.  For example, in the midst of pretend play, my son was groping for words to use and having found none, he just simply explained “it is so hurty”.  Aside from this, they learn how to solve and resolve situational problems during role-play and imaginative play which they would eventually used in real world circumstances.

Through play, children learn interpersonal skills like empathy and sympathy. In this modern era of gadgetry where gadgets are making people indifferent, interpersonal skills are undeveloped, rare and yet ironically very vital.  We as parents must find the balance, while these technology have become an everyday household, playing with other kids is still incomparable.

Life skills are another set of significant developmental tasks children have to learn.  These skills are associated with how well we live life in the future.  These have been related to how well one manages oneself in studies, and workplace. For kids tying shoes, folding laundries, study habit, cleaning ones room and the likes are simple life skills that instills life long values which could later on translate to having organizing, management, relational, and personal skills.

Without a doubt play is an essential in growing up.  If you take away play, then you don’t only deny children their childhood you are also taking away from them their future.

 

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