Your child is learning as he runs, jumps, turns blocks into buildings or empties boxes into trains. As he plays in the sand, collects stones or pinecones and kicks a ball. And as he pretends to be a lion, a baby or a firefighter.
Many experts believe there are five types of play: exploratory play, which is discovering what something is (even infants do this), constructive play, where children put things together and take them apart (toddlers can do this to some degree), dramatic play, which is taking on pretend roles and situations, and later on, play that has rules (rules can be created by the child or from outside source,) and rough and tumble play.
Request a copy of As You Think About Child Care for Your Three to Five Year Old from New York State Parents’ Connection.
Call your local school district or visit their website to learn more.
Find listings in your local phone directory under nursery school or pre-school.
Public Service Broadcasting (PBS) online information on choosing a preschool or child care center.
Find a Head Start Program in your community:
Research shows that children who engage in complex forms of socio-dramatic play have greater language skills than non-players, better social skills, more empathy, more imagination, and more of the subtle capacity to know what others mean. They are less aggressive and show more self-control and higher levels of thinking. (THE ALLIANCE FOR CHILDHOOD, 2009)