Playing

KindergartenPlayingFor young children, play is learning and learning is play. Language improves as children engage in imaginative play with favorite dolls or toys. As they learn to think symbolically, children learn that spoken and written words can stand for real objects and experiences. Play also helps children to express themselves and put thoughts into words.

What you can do now-
  • Give your baby plenty of playtime, especially unstructured play, when they can explore their own interests and favorite playtime objects as they wish.
  • Encourage imaginative play and making up stories about what they are doing; use puppets or stuffed animals to tell stories, which improves vocabulary and narrative skills—this also helps children to learn that stories and books have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
  • Pretend to read a book and make up a story together.
  • Have your child “read” a favorite book from memory.

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