It’s really not a surprise when you think about it, but there is a lot of learning that happens when children play. Playing stimulates their curiosity and expands their thinking. And when children play together, they learn from each other. There is a growing body of research around play and its importance to early childhood development, particularly with regard to language and literacy development. Through play, children are learning to make sense of their world, problem-solving, developing fine and gross motor skills, communicating with each other, learning how to get along with each other and to compromise, and expressing their thoughts and feelings. Early childhood educators and early years teachers know how important this is and create rich opportunities for children to play in their centres and in schools. At home, parents can encourage play by creating a safe environment for their children and playing with them! Don't think of playing as a break from learning, but rather learning itself.
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