Here are some tips on how to help your child play to learn at home.
How to Encourage Play in Your House:
- Put on some music and dance or move around.
- Create an obstacle course and crawl under, climb over, or move around the obstacles.
- Go for a walk around your neighbourhood (this also helps your child become familiar with the school and the way to school).
- Roll, throw, catch, and kick balls of different sizes.
- Go skating or swimming.
- Visit the park or playground.
- Whenever possible, respond when your child initiates play.
- Talk to your child while he is playing, explain and name things he is playing with.
- Ask your child questions about his play (for example: what, where, why, when, who and how?). This will help him learn to self-reflect and encourage his thinking skills.
- Read stories with your child and act them out (for example: stories about children starting school).
- Add dolls, unbreakable dishes, pretend food, and dress-up clothes to your child’s play area.
- Add paper and crayons to your child’s play area so he can make scribbles, lists, drawings, and plans. This helps help your child develop writing skills for school.
- Add measuring cups and rulers to stimulate his interest in mathematical and scientific concepts.
- Use music to move and dance with your child, or to help him become quiet.
- Take your child out for a walk around your neighbourhood or a hike through the park.
- Talk about the things you have seen together.
- Pretend play what you have done together (for example: going to the grocery store).
- Develop a routine so your child has a time for active play and a time for quiet play.
- Let your child help you with simple chores and talk about them.
- Bake, cook and prepare food with your child.
For more great tips, read Learning to Play and Playing to Learn: Getting Ready for School