Learning Through Play
Focusing. Creating. Cooperating. Communicating. These are all important skills children learn when we play with them! Through play, children learn how to problem solve, work together, explore physical movements, overcome challenges, and much more.
Play helps children develop critical social-emotional and language skills that will help prepare them for success in school and in life.
As children’s first and best playmates, parents and caregivers play a powerful role in nurturing these skills from birth. Here are a few tips on how you can encourage learning through play:
- Make the most of your time playing with your child. From the day they are born, children learn through the everyday moments they share with their parents and caregivers.
- You can encourage your child’s physical development by playing together. Hide and seek and dancing are a great (and fun) way to start.
- Keep a box of everyday objects like plastic bottles, empty containers or old clothes for dress-up. These are great items to help children spark their imagination. Through creative play, children explore the world in their own way, which is important for learning and development.