Stating that the game has a very important place in the world of children, Dr. Instructor Member Celal Gülşen said, “No matter what age and any culture, there is play in all times and places, wherever there are children.”

Gülşen stated that play in education is a method that motivates the child, enables him to master the content and actively involves the child in the process.

“The game is an educational game that enables the child to form a social group through voluntary participation without providing any financial interest, and to have a fun time by under the influence of all participants, in order to improve the child’s cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills, in order to enable the child to reach social harmony and emotional maturity with physical and mental abilities and activities. It is an event.”


Stating that children learn the behaviors and emotions necessary in their lives, Gülşen said, “A child’s personality is shaped by the games he plays, and his abilities are guided by the games. Emotions such as human relations, cooperation, honesty, sharing, happiness after winning and sadness after losing, jealousy, conflict, dreams, and the facts of defeat and defeat, which are the necessities of social life, are always gained through games. In the game, the child finds himself and reflects his inner world to the outside without any restrictions, as he dominates the game in an unpretentious way. In this way, by adding something from himself to the game, he also reveals his productivity and inventive talent, in spite of those who will call him ‘invention’ in the future. Through play, his self-confidence increases and he learns to control his emotional reactions. The game prepares the ground for getting to know the child in his natural state.

Emphasizing that play in children’s education is one of the most important educational activities that prepares the child for life, contrary to popular belief, Gülşen emphasized that the misconception of seeing games as a leisure activity in children’s education was abandoned, giving the necessary importance to games and making games an indispensable part of children’s education. He underlined that it should not be forgotten that he is a part of


Gülşen said that the game is an educational tool that has a very important effect on the expression of the inner world, as well as preparing the child for real life:

“Children express their experiences, joys, wishes, fears and emotions through play. He tries to perceive the world with the roles he takes during the game, identifies with the role he takes in the game, and thus his personality begins to form and develop. Play is a child’s way of thinking through experimentation while having fun. The knowledge gained while playing is more permanent and effective. The child gains his experiences through play and learns the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for his life in the game, often without realizing it. For this reason, ‘play’ is one of the sine qua non in the education of children. Since games are the first and important step in the child’s learning by doing, experiencing and having fun, they also enable children to go from passive to active, and it is seen that they are more effective in the child’s world than other learning techniques.


Expressing that children begin to experience important events, behaviors and emotions for human life by imitating the people, objects and events in their environment while playing, Gülşen said, “As a result of this experience, their perception and comprehension of events improves, and individuals who are highly motivated, sociable, able to think and act independently become easier. Children who play games develop healthier and faster. Because, during the game, it is possible for children to move, develop body and emotional control, thus prolonging their attention span and perceiving their surroundings more easily,” he said.


Stating that mind and intelligence games that appeal to multiple intelligence areas should be preferred first, Gülşen said, “In addition, the necessary importance should be given to the selection and play of our games, which are our cultural heritage. For this, due care and attention should be paid to keep our children’s games from the past, which have sunk into oblivion, both in our schools and in out-of-school living spaces. In this regard, as Beykent University Child Development Program, we are trying to train our students who will take part in pre-school education after graduation, with the awareness that they have an important mission in keeping our children’s games alive, especially from the past to the present, which is our national value.”

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