Research shows that children learn best through play. When children are actively engaged in meaningful play their language development, cognitive development, physical development, and social emotional development are all supported. Through their play, children develop confidence in expressing themselves, and strategies for responding to others’ expression. These are all valuable skills for a happy and healthy life!
Play comes in many different forms. From solitary play in infancy and toddlerhood, to parallel play in the preschool years, to games with rules. Free play, structured play, and outdoor gross motor and nature play all develop from children’s interests. Each form is important in its own right, and and we strive to create balance between them all.