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The Importance of Play In A Child's Development
Through Play Children Learn
... About Themselves
... About Others
... About How Things Work
... About Their World
Play = Learning
Play Helps Develop Skills
• Thinking and Problem Solving
• Language and Communication
• Social and Emotional
• Motor and Coordination
• Creativity and Imagination
Birth-12 Months
Physical Development
Birth - 3 months
• Explores with eyes (focus 8-10)
• Follows objects with eyes
• Attracted to b/w and colorful objects
• Prefers simple patterns
• Reaches for hanging objects
• Turns head toward sounds
• Brings hand to mouth
3 - 6 months
• Can focus as far as 4 ft.
• Bats, reaches, grasps objects
• Large muscle play: rolling, rocking, bouncing
• Sits with support, holds head steady
6-12 months
Locomotion
• Sits up, pulls to stand
• Crawls, cruises, then walks
• Climbs, rolls and pushes objects
Manual dexterity
• Uses pincer grip, pokes with finger
• Manipulates objects, skilled at put & take

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