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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
3-5 Years
Cognitive Development
3-5 Years
• Imagination in full gear
  - Engages in pretend/role play, make-believe
• Growing problem-solving skills
  - Interest in nature, science, animals, how things work
• Mentally acts on objects
  - Thinks in images and symbols
  - Able to generalize
  - But not yet logical in thinking
• Creates representational pictures
  - Draws faces and people

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