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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
Social Development
Birth - 3 months
• Interested in voices and faces
  - Recognizes familiar ones
• Establishes eye contact
• Responds to emotion on other's face
  - Returns smiles
3 - 6 months
• Smiles at faces, voices, mirror image
• Seeks attention with people
  - Reaches to familiar person
  - Distinguishes among familiar people
  - Shows preferences for certain people places, events
• Repeats enjoyable activity with others
6-12 months
• Enjoys interactive games: peek-a-boo & pat-a-cake
• Likes praise
  - Repeats if applauded, initiates action for praise
• Encourages social interaction
  - Gives affection; responds to name
  - Hands objects to others
  - Waves bye-bye
• May fear strangers & unfamiliar situations

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