Notes from Story Time Category: Playing

Make-Believe Play

One type of play is make-believe play. When children are engaging in imaginative play, ask them to tell you about what they are doing. This will help them practice telling stories, which builds narrative and vocabulary skills. When you have a conversation with them and add to their stories, you are enhancing those skills.

Five Pets in the Window

From birth, babies play to learn about their world. Not only is playing with your baby a good bonding experience, but it is also one of the best ways for babies to learn language and literacy skills and build motor skills.

There are many fun counting rhymes.  Play a game with your baby’s stuffed animals by lining them up in a row. Take one animal away each time you say the rhyme.

 

Five Pets in the Window

Five pets in the window for the whole world to see.

Look, someone is coming, who says,

“You’re the perfect pet for me.

 

Acting Out Stories

Play offers many enjoyable opportunities to develop language. The most critical aspect of play as it relates to language development is that children learn to think symbolically. They learn that one thing can represent another thing. It is this very kind of thinking that is used in language.

Have your child use his/her whole body to act out Pepito the Brave.  This will help your child internalize and understand what is happening in the story. This process will later help them understand what they read.

Playing With Books

When children are young, they treat books as they would any other toy—they play with them! They may put them in their mouths or even tear them. When you allow children to explore books, they are learning how to handle them. It takes time and practice for kids to learn how to hold books and turn the pages.

You Are My Sunshine

Kinesthetic learning (or tactile learning) is a learning style in which learning takes place through physical activity and play.  As you sing You Are My Sunshine, add motions as you sing.  This will help your child remember the words and make it more meaningful.