Our years of providing child care in Queens Park and other Perth suburbs have taught us a lot about the importance of play in the learning process of preschoolers. We fully support learning through play and have years of experience helping children learn through play.
A lot of parents ask us what kinds of play at home help to stimulate learning. Here are a few tips for playing with your child at home that can help children learn while playing.
What Is the Most Important Factor?
The most important factor in play for children is that the play must engage them. That usually means they are having fun and are so interested that they continue on even when problems arise. This kind of play can help them answer questions they have about their world, solve problems, focus their attention and develop initiative.
By the time children enter their first year of school, they need to have developed basic understanding of language, letters and numbers. Otherwise, they will not be as successful as other children.
Playing with Toddlers
It is important to let your child take the lead. For example, you may buy your child an expensive toy, only to find out he is more interested in playing with the box. Sit, observe, play along and encourage his curiosity. Ask him about how he feels. If he puts the box on his head, ask him if he likes it or how it feels. If he pretends the box is a car, ask other questions. Encourage the use of imagination and have fun with your child.
If your child is playing with blocks and they fall down, help him put them back on top of each other. Encourage and ask questions.
Playing with Preschoolers
Playing with preschoolers will be more involved because they have learned creativity and abstract thinking. Sometimes pretend games can keep a child occupied for fifteen minutes at a time. Do what you can to encourage pretending. It can help your child develop problem solving skills and creativity.
The most important thing you can do is to be there, encourage your child and have fun.
Child Care in Queens Park
If you need child care in Queens Park or would just like to know more, use the contact information below to call or email your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre.