Babies 0 – 18 months: Playing

Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. Play helps children to think symbolically; a ruler becomes a magic wand, today becomes a time when dinosaurs were alive, a playmate becomes an astronaut exploring space. Play helps children understand that written words stand for real objects and experiences. Dramatic play helps develop narrative skills as children make up a story about what they’re doing. This helps them understand that stories happen in an order (first, next, last).

Activities

  • Play games.
    • Teach your baby pat-a-cake.
    • Play peek-a-boo.
  • Explore.
    • Allow your baby to lie on the floor (on a baby gym) and explore the world around him/her.
  • Use toys.
    • Provide plenty of toys like soft blocks, stacking rings, and books.