Readings: For Parents & Caregivers

The Importance of Pretend Play by Scholastic:
“Young children learn by imagining and doing. Have you ever watched your child pick up a stone and pretend it is a zooming car, or hop a Lego across the table as if it were a person or a bunny? Your child is using an object to represent something else while giving it action and motion. But this pretend play is not as simple as it may seem. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas.”

For Parents Only: Teaching Your Child Through Play by Carolyn Tomlin, M.Ed. in Earlychildhood News:
“Those who study the developmentally appropriate activities of children realize that play should begin early in life. And parents must provide opportunities for children to play and to learn from observations and actions as well as from being told.”

Wiggling, Giggling, and Moving from Head to Toe: Books to Encourage Exercise by Pamela Sullivan at National Association for the Education of Young Children
“Children love books and children love to move. And reading together and moving together are good for children and families.”

What Is Big Body Play and Why Is It Important? by Frances Carlson at National Association for the Education of Young Children:
“Big body play supports children’s physical development but it also supports the development of children’s social awareness, emotional thinking, and language skills.”