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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
Cognitive Development
Birth - 3 months
• Explores world through sight and sounds
• Coordinates basic schemes
• Lacks object permanence
3 - 6 months
• Enjoys creating effects
• Deliberately kicks and bats at objects
• Discriminates textures
• Beginning of object permanence
 - Searches for partially hidden object
 - Anticipates reappearance of object
6-12 months
• Understands in and out
• Exploration more goal-directed to create effects
 - Begins stacking; imitates scribbling
 - Learns implications of own actions
• Object permanence progresses
 - Interested in appearing/disappearing object
 - Single search for hidden object
 - Anticipates reappearance of object
 - But repeats action where first found success

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