Power of Play
Learning through play from birth to three
From day one, children are eager and determined to under-stand how
the world works. They do this through play, using all the tools
they have at their disposal.
your child at play, and you will see the kind of concentra-tion,
passion, and creative excitement that artists and scientists bring
to their projects.
8-week-old learns about communication and the joy of close relationships
as he smiles, coos, and gurgles when his dad talks with him. A 15-month-old
uses her body and mind to learn about up and down, high and low,
and how strong and competent she is on a trip with grandma to the
play-ground. A 3-year-old playing pretend develops her own ideas,
uses her imagination, and builds friendships.
with your child is not only fun, its one of the most important
ways you can nurture her development. There are no rules when it
comes to play. And you don't need fancy toys. In fact, you are your
childs favorite toy.
child is unique. Your child may have special skills or special needs.
Follow your childs lead. Shell let you know what interests
her. When she sees the pleasure and delight you take in her discoveries,
she'll want to play more and more. Play will benefit you, too. Being
spontaneous and having fun can relieve stress and create positive
memories for both you and your child. And when your child is engaged
and having fun, she is learning. Play is truly the work of childhood.
Reprinted with permission from © ZERO TO THREE: National
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