One of the most important things that children can do is play. Playing is their job. Through playing kiddos are able to learn and grow. Let me explain: when a child plays “pretend” (whether through dress up, through puppet shows, with action figures, etc.), they are doing quite a few things:
- First, they are using their imaginations to think through pretend scenarios.
- Second, they develop their reasoning skills by reacting to how others are playing with them or how different “characters” play.
- Third, they improve their social skills by playing with others.
- And finally, they cultivate their pre-reading skills: Through pretending a child is more likely to understand and predict future book plots and storylines.
Basically, it is important for children to play. At the Provo City Library we provide different avenues for learning through play such as PRESCHOOL PLAY. This is a program where we put educational toys in the story circle that preschoolers can enjoy. This month, PRESCHOOL PLAY is happening Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Also, Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm we have the LITTLE BUILDERS exhibit in The Attic. For both of these programs children and their caregivers are encouraged to play together. If you want your child to really get the most out of this experience, there are a few things you can do to enhance your child’s play:
- Ask your child questions about what they are doing.
- Listen and build upon their responses.
- Encourage children to play with each other. Let them experience playing with kids they haven’t met before.
- Play with them! Sometimes it is a parent who helps a child realize that they can pretend a block is a phone or an animal puppet can talk.
Kids can learn through play, and the Provo City Library is here to help provide play-enriched activities for learning.