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How is play a LEARNING experience?

Social Benefits of Play

  • Helps a child form meaningful relationships
  • Teaches communication, negotiation, cooperation and compromise
  • Helps a child experience trust, friendship and love

Emotional Benefits of Play

  • Helps a child express feelings, develop empathy and cope with difficult situations
  • Helps a child deal with emotions and regain a sense of control
  • Helps adults understand a child’s feelings

Intellectual Benefits of Play

  • Provides ideas and problem-solving techniques
  • Fosters curiosity, creativity and intellect
  • Prepares a child for school
  • Helps a child make sense of her world and function successfully in it

You play a valuable role in your child’s playtime. Find tips for getting involved in Play is a Child’s Work.

How is play a LEARNING experience?
Math

 

Puzzles and manipulative activities, such as stringing beads, help children develop skills in classification and configuration.

Learn how you can help your child develop math skills in Play the Way to Math Skills.

Math
Literacy

 

Dramatic play (pretending) helps children develop their imaginations and find words to express their feelings.

Learn more about your child's development and how you can help with How Children Learn.

Literacy
Science

 

Growing plants and observing classroom pets help children develop an awareness of themselves in relation to the rest of the world.

Share this activity with your child to open his mind to questions about where plants come from and how to grow one of his own in The Sunflower Jar.

Science
Literacy

 

Reading to babies helps them discover there are names for everything. Looking at books helps the visual part of newborn babies' brains develop.

Learn how babies develop a love for books and how you can help advance her language development in Raising A Reader - Baby's First Year.

Literacy
Science

 

Children's observation skills are honed, and they develop an understanding of measurement and weight with sand and water activities.

Pouring and measuring make this activity an adventure in science. Try Rainstorm in a Jar!

Science

How is play a LEARNING experience?

Social Benefits of Play

  • Helps a child form meaningful relationships
  • Teaches communication, negotiation, cooperation and compromise
  • Helps a child experience trust, friendship and love

Emotional Benefits of Play

  • Helps a child express feelings, develop empathy and cope with difficult situations
  • Helps a child deal with emotions and regain a sense of control
  • Helps adults understand a child’s feelings

Intellectual Benefits of Play

  • Provides ideas and problem-solving techniques
  • Fosters curiosity, creativity and intellect
  • Prepares a child for school
  • Helps a child make sense of her world and function successfully in it

You play a valuable role in your child’s playtime. Find tips for getting involved in Play is a Child’s Work.

How is play a LEARNING experience?
Math

 

Block play helps your child understand distance and develops an awareness of himself in relation to others.

Find out more about the importance of play in learning with 10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play.

 

Math
Literacy

 

Dramatic play helps children learn problem solving and planning. They learn the art of conversation and expand their vocabulary. They develop an appreciation for stories that grows into a love for books.

Find out the reading and literacy skills your child needs before starting school in Raising a Reader - Preschool: 3-4 Years.

Literacy
Math

 

Shape sorting activites help children learn to classify objects by shape and color. They develop ideas about how shapes work toegether in both satisfying and challenging experiences.

Help your child undersand math concepts with the tips in Talk Math.

Math
Science

 

Music teaches children to create rhythmic patterns, control sounds and express themselves.

Show your little one how sound can be produced using simple ingredients from home with Let's Make Music!

Science
Literacy

 

Activities in art help children develop their imaginations while strengthening the fine motor skills needed for writing - an essential element of literacy.

Try this fun activity that helps you introduce new words and spark your child's curiosity about science - Playdough Power!

Literacy
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