Your Child's Development
Even though it may appear as if your child is "just playing", play is
actually an essential part of his development. Through play, your
child builds self-esteem, curiosity, problem solving skills,
language skills, math skills, cooperation, balance,
strength, and coordination.
Here are some ways that your child learns through play:
- Through block play, your child will learn about shapes, colors,
balance and gravity. Your child will strengthen muscles,
develop eye-hand coordination, learn about cause and effect ,
and build self-esteem each time a beautiful structure is built
and then knocked down.
- Through sand and water play, your child will learn about
his environment through the use of his senses , especially his
sense of touch. Through measuring , filling, and dumping
your child will develop math skills and strengthen hand and
- Through scribbling and drawing, your child will
strengthen small muscles and increase coordination that will
enable him to develop writing skills in the future. Through
imitation of adults making shopping lists and writing letters,
your child will learn that written words have purpose.
Through scribbling and drawing, your child's imagination will
be expanded and creativity will be enhanced.
- When playing with adults and other children, your child
will learn many new social skills including how to speak, listen
and interact with others.
- Physical activities such as running, jumping, pushing a cart,
and riding a tricycle develop your child's large muscles and
enhance his coordination and strength.
What can parents do to enhance play experiences?
- Provide a safe space for your child to explore and play freely.
- Allow your child to help with chores. Make everyday activities
- Read to your child.
- Follow your child's lead in play activities.
- Provide building toys, toys that help with housework, toys
that can be ridden safely, dolls, puzzles, art supplies, music,
and other safe toys that will expand creativity and
- Join in on the fun!!!