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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
Language Development
12-24 Months
• Extensive receptive language
  - Understands much more than can say
• Expressive language progressing
  - Identifies face and body parts
  - Uses 2-4 word sentences
  - Enjoys reading and writing
 
• Advancing spoken communication skills (column 2)
  - 50 word vocabulary
  - Uses 2-6 word sentences
  - Imitates phrases
  - Speech becomes more understandable
• Interest in reading
  - Likes to read and be read to; enjoys nursery rhymes

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