Friday, November 1, 2013

The Importance of Play

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Play is essential for early learning; it is the way children learn. We challenge you to take a closer look at the advantages of play and how the Tredyffrin Library can help your child learn about their world and begin to understand books.

Your child can explore objects in play from ages birth-2. Join us for Wee Ones Story Time at the Tredyffrin library and take part in open play after we read stories, sing songs, and practice rhymes. We provide toys for your child to explore as well as interact with other babies. Wee Ones Story Time is for ages birth -15months.

Pretend play is encouraged  for ages 3-5. Family story time is for children ages 5 and under. Children get the opportunity to hear stories and share ideas. Reciting rhymes and singing songs builds early literacy skills by increasing vocabulary and word recognition. We also offer play time with toys after Family Story time for children to play and learn.

Social play builds upon the previous two types of play and includes physical and investigative play. The Tredyffrin Library offers Toddler Story Times where children have an opportunity to create and socialize together. This story time offers a craft where children use materials provided to create their own art.

Some  may say that the children are only playing and there are no real advantages but esxperts would disagree.

What are some advantages of playing with blocks?
  • Provides open-ended play
  • Allows free expression
  • Uses fine and large motor skills
  • Develops hand eye coordination
  • Provides teamwork opportunities
  • Bolsters self confidence
  • Develops problem solving skills
  • Increases language and vocabulary
  • Fosters early literacy skills*

Visit the Tredyffrin Children's Website for more details about our programs.
Remember to play!!

*Nespeca, Sue Mcleaf. "The Importance of Play , Particularly Constructive Play, In A Public Library." ALSC Association of Library Service to Children. American Library Association, 2012. Web. 01 Nov. 2013.

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