Kids 6 to 8 years: 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.
    • Scavenger hunt
    • Board games
  • Explore.
    • Nature and simple science activites
    • Collect things like cards, cars and dolls
  • Give them toys.
    • Sports gear and balls, jump rope
    • Large sets of blocks or bricks
    • Musical instruments