Notes from Story Time Category: Playing

Imaginary Play

YuyiThe most critical aspect of play as it relates to language development is that children learn to think symbolically. They learn that one thing, like a block, can represent another thing, like a phone. This is the same kind of thinking that allows them to understand that a picture or the written word represents the real thing. When children engage in pretend play, as seen in Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales, they are thinking symbolically.

–Tip by Erin Emerick, Youth Programming Coordinator

Getting a Little Messy

mudMost children enjoy playing with dirt, sand, mud, water, and other materials with different textures, sounds, and smells. Such play develops the senses.  Ask your child questions about what he or she is doing?  How does it feel?  What does she smell?  What sounds can he make?  This will improve your child’s narrative and vocabulary skills.

–Tip by Keary Bramwell, Youth Collection Librarian