From the very beginning, children are ready to play. As the experts at Zero To Three acknowledge, "You are your child's favorite toy." Playing with your child is not only enjoyable, it serves a very valuable purpose. It's through play that a child learns about the world around him. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers learn concepts through play. Your child also gains communication, literacy, social, motor and cognitive skills. As Maria Montessori noted, "Play is the child's work." Regular active play and exercise is important for children's health. Unstructured play also builds creativity and imagination. But, most importantly, play is fun!
The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's Birth to Six site is spotlighting the importance of play during the month of June. Check out the Birth to Six site for information, ideas, and links on play.
This summer, make sure you have time for old-fashioned play with your child. Enjoy!