Play Reminders

Play "I Spy" in the car using descriptive words to give clues.

Play a game of "can you...?" by asking a series of questions like, "can you find something red?" Playing games like this is fun when you are on the go and helps improve concentration and memory.

Make a dress up trunk with lightly used clothes for dramatic play. Dramatic play and pretend play help to build narrative skills along with encouraging social and emotional development.

Make a puppet out of any stuffed animal!

Use a multi-sensory approach when playing; books, music, soft toys, hard toys etc.

Blowing bubbles is great for developing visual tracking skills in small babies, hand-eye coordination in older babies, and for strengthening lips and mouths in toddlers to form word sounds. All of which will strengthen their reading and writing skills later in life. Bet you didn't know bubbles could be so educational! Plus, they are cheap and fun!

Fingerplays like Itsy Bitsy Spider, playing with playdough, squishing bubbles, scribbling – all of these are great activities for children to prepare them for writing.

Use everyday things to make learning fun! Tissue boxes and paper towel rolls make great building materials. Go outside and expolore. The more you see and do together, the more your child learns.

Play is how children learn about their world. Studies have shown that children really benefit from time to play on their own and the ability to use their imaginations.

Jumping the ABCs is a great way to hear all the letters of the alphabet. One jump for every letter of the alphabet, especially L-M-N-O-P because they get smushed together.

Encourage children to lead their own storytime at home with stuffed animals or family members as the audience.

Use simple props such as a puppet or a stuffed animal to tell a story.  Use silly voices for different characters and ask your child to join in.

Going to the park or anywhere outside is a great opportunity for your child to explore his/her limits, learn about the outside world, and try new things.

Using a picture frame on a magnet wall with faces depicting various emotions helps children understand how they are feeling that day.

Play is such an important part of early literacy! Recent research has also suggested that unstructured play is tied to better goal-setting abilities in children. Giving your child time to explore and play on his/her own allows him/her to practice being self-directed and build imagination.

Kids love getting a little messy sometimes, and doing so is a great learning experience. Things like painting and sculpting with playdough let your child's imagination run wild, allow him/her to practice fine motor skills, and stimulate great conversations about what he/she is building or painting--all of which build early literacy skills.

Music encourages children to express themselves through movement and play. Physical play stimulates the part of the brain that regulates emotions. Overall, music plays a vital role in the growth and development of early childhood learners.

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