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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
Social Development
3-5 Years
• Longer attention span
• Advances in play behavior
  - Beginning to share and take turns
  - Cooperative rather than competitive play
  - Enjoys simple chance-based board games, not strategy
  - More sex differentiation in play roles, interests
• First friendships

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