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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
Toddlers
Social Development
12-24 Months
• Play develops
  - Brief durations and mostly solitary
  - Basic imitative play
• Possessive with toys; more assertive
  - "Mine" doesn't share
  - Temper tantrums may surface
 
• Engages is solitary or parallel play
  - Plays beside, not with, other children
  - Wants to help adults and mimic adult tasks in play
• Developing humor
  - Laughs at incongruities
  - Creates and repeats humorous situations
• Likes routines

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