Kids 3 to 5 years: Playing

Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. Both play and language development are natural processes and are essential in your child’s life. Through play, your child can better understand that written words stand for real objects and experiences.


  • Make things together.
    • Make an alphabet book with your child. Draw pictures together or cut out pictures from magazines to go with each letter.
    • Make letters out of cardboard and have your child put the letter under a piece of paper. Color over the letter with crayons and watch the letter underneath the paper magically appear.
  • Write.
    • Write letters in shaving cream in the bath tub or shower.
    • Use chalk to write letters or words on a chalkboard or sidewalk. Give your child a paintbrush and water. Your child can dip the brush in the water and “erase” what you have written over it with the water.
  • Act it out.
    • Let your child act out a story with dress-up clothes, or with puppets. Pretend and dramatic play develops language skills.
  • I Spy.
    • Play¬†I Spy. “I spy with my little eye something that stats with the letter P. What is it?”