play helps children develop creativity, literacy and problem-solving skills.
Bring It Home
- Encourage children to play
outdoors and use nature to guide their play.
- Encourage pretend play - pretend
as if one object is really something else (i.e. you are making soup, a stick is
a spoon, and all the rocks are different vegetables).
- Support your child’s play by
providing play props that enhance their pretend scenarios, i.e. a pad of paper
can be used to write a ticket by a police officer or an order by a waiter or waitress.
- Encourage pretend play by allowing
your child to take on different “roles” such as a fire fighter, dancer,
- Offer your child open ended play
props such as a blanket, pieces of wood, empty food containers, balls and
- Consider allowing the recently
created fort in your living room to stay up for a day or two to allow children
to deepen the story line of the script they have created.
Last updated September 14, 2017