Children learn a lot when they play. Play helps children express themselves and put thoughts into words. Play also builds imagination and social skills.
• Give your child plenty of time and space to play.
• Your child doesn’t need expensive or complicated toys. Simple toys and objects like puppets, dress-up clothes, pots and pans, and blocks are best for encouraging your child’s imagination.
• Play “pretend” and other unstructured games. Your child will learn new words and practice language skills while having fun with you.
• Have your child tell you a story based on the pictures in a book or act out a story using puppets.