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Social play

Social play

Social play

We all know that children overcome obstacles and learn new social skills while playing. This gives them confidence, which makes it easier to approach other children. Social play allows children to build character, deal with social justice challenges, and develop meaningful relationships with each other. We also know that while playing in a low-stress outdoor environment, kids can release energy, usually tend to behave better, making it easier to make friends. Social activities are an essential element in our interactive games for preschoolers and school-aged children—music on our Sona interactive dance and play arch. Fono interactive DJ-booth motivates interaction and facilitates socialization, but the interactives have more to offer in social play.

Form friendships by cooperating

Many activities on our interactives require children to cooperate. When playing the game ‘Memory’ on the Memo, preschoolers learn cooperative skills because they will be able to remember more symbols by working together.

On the Sona, together, you might be able to recognize a more extended sequence during the ‘Codebreaker’ game, which allows you to enter a higher, more challenging level. Social play also teaches children to teach each other things. A preschooler might teach a toddler to recognize different colors by helping them stand on the correct shade when playing the Color game on the Sona.

5 ways to improve your social play skills while playing interactives

  • Music on the interactives stimulate interaction
  • Form friendships by cooperating
  • Learn how to take turns and to resolve conflicts while playing interactive games
  • Festive play on the interactives
  • Stimulate repeat visits with interactive play
  • Outdoor music therapy -teaching materials in a game
The Yalp Sona |

The Yalp Sona |

The Yalp Memo|

The Yalp Memo|

The Yalp Sutu |

The Yalp Sutu |

The Yalp Toro |

The Yalp Toro |

The Yalp Fono |

The Yalp Fono |

Improve social skills by learning

How to take turns

The game Stopwatch on the Sona allows children to make up their own track across the playground and keeps the time (’16 seconds, best score of the day’). Children try to beat each other’s time, but given it’s a more original game, they have to learn how to take turns.

When playing Target Multiplayer on the Sutu interactive ball wall, children engage in social play by sharing. They get the instruction to hit the target of their own color, but again they have to take turns while paying attention because the targets do not always appear in the same order.

How to deal with rivalry and competition

Social play teaches children how to deal with rivalry. Several games have an element of competition, such as Dance Battle on the Sona, where two teams battle against each other or in the Memo games like Tag (‘touch the post of your chosen color on time’) or Dizzy (‘who can conquer the most posts in their own color’).

 

How to resolve conflicts

With most competitive games, the quickest player or the player with the best tactic wins, but sometimes there is also a little luck involved with our interactives. Social play also teaches children to resolve conflicts. When playing the game Switch on the interactive court Toro, children each play with their own color (for example, they have to hit the goals with red LEDs).

Meanwhile, two minutes into the game, a voice suddenly calls out ‘switch,’ the goal suddenly changes color when you’re just about to score, this might create some amusing situations, and sometimes you might have to learn how to adapt, deal with disappointment, or resolve a conflict.

 

Festive and ritual play as a type of social play

Some of our games revolve around specific events such as the Christmas and Saint Nicholas games on the Sona interactive dance and play arch. These games have music and dance games related to these festive events. The games help children to build good memories to develop a taste for ritual play as adults. These games really build social capital.

Repeat visits allow for more social activities

Our interactives stimulate repeat visits to the playground as people want to try to beat their own high score, get to a higher level as a team, or show off their new dance moves. This way, the interactives can contribute to improving neighbor relations and friendships amongst users.

5 ways to improve your social play skills while playing interactives

  • Music on the interactives stimulate interaction
  • Form friendships by cooperating
  • Learn how to take turns and to resolve conflicts while playing interactive games.
  • Celebratory play on the interactives
  • Stimulate repeat visits with interactive play