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Reserve your spot for your child(ren) to explore play and socialization skills in a small group environment.  

Why is play important?

  • Research shows strong links between creative play and language, physical, social/emotional, and cognitive development (play helps to develop the “whole” child).
  • Play stimulates healthy brain development.
  • During play, children learn about the world in which they live, they can explore, create, imagine and figure things out!
  • Play is a powerful tool for building self-control and self-regulation which has been shown to be a predictor of optimal early learning and future success in life.

What does play look like?

  • Play lays the groundwork for later success in reading, writing, mathematics and science.
  • Play can be loud or quiet, active or passive, with groups or alone.
  • of course children love to play with other children but there are also types of play that don't exactly look like what we think of when we think of play. For example, - “Onlooker play” happens when a child watches other children at play, perhaps looking at an opportunity to join in or just getting to know how other children play. - “Parallel play” happens when two children are playing side by side, each engrossed in their own activity, paying no attention to what the other is doing. - “Solitary play” is when a child plays alone, completely caught up in his or her own little world of imagination. - There is value in each of these types of play.
  • Play can be quite serious, as in the construction of an intricate block building, or it can be silly like banging on the pots and pans to make a “beautiful” noise.
  • Play is done for its own sake – not for a reward of any kind or because one is directed to do it. Although children learn through play – they don't necessarily play to learn. They play because they want to and because it is interesting, challenging and fun.
  • Play is what happens when children are provided with the time, the space, the materials and the support of an encouraging and attentive adult.