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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
2-3 Years
Cognitive Development
2-3 Years
• Increasingly adept at using symbols
  - Uses experiences to form assumptions about world
  - Understands inside, under, on
• Uses concrete logic
• Preoperational thinking
  - Cannot mentally manipulate information
  - Egocentric; views world from own perspective
  - Can't conserve; relies on appearance
• Draws with intended outcome

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