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Learning Through Play

By Too Small to Fail

Focusing. Creating. Cooperating. Communicating. These are all important skills children learn when we play with them!  Through play, children learn how to problem solve, work together, explore physical movements, overcome challenges, and much more. Play helps children develop critical social-emotional and language skills that will help prepare them for success in school and in life. 

As children’s first and best playmates, parents and caregivers play a powerful role in nurturing these skills from birth. Here are a few tips on how you can encourage learning through play: 

  • Make the most of your time playing with your child. From they day they are born, children learn through the everyday moments they share with their parents and caregivers. Check out these helpful tips from ZERO TO THREE.
  • Keep a box of everyday objects like plastic bottles, empty containers or old clothes for dress up. These are great items to help children spark their imagination. Through creative play, children explore the world in their own way, which is important for learning and development. Check out Raising Children Network for fun creative play activities.

In case you missed it: 

Our work to help families turn everyday moments into opportunities to talk, read and sing with their little ones was featured in Mediaplanet USA’s Early Education campaign: Improving Literacy One Load of Laundry at a Time.

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