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Power of Play

Play is the foundation to language learning. It helps us to develop our sequencing skills to know what can happen next, develop our imagination and build relationships with others. As babies and toddlers, play is how we learn about the world around us. As teens and adults, play is a way of connecting with people and having fun!

Top Tips:

  • When playing, children need quiet time to use their imagination and fully engage in the game. Try to limit distractions such as turning off the TV so your child can focus on enjoying time playing with you and learning language.
  • When playing with your child or teenager, try to get down to their level and be face-to-face (e.g. sit on the floor or sit opposite at the table). This will help you connect with your child or teenager and show them that you are interested.
  • Play helps to develop a child’s attention skills as they are more likely to stay at an activity they enjoy for longer. Let your child choose the activity and then join them in their play, slowly extending the amount of time before changing activities.
  • Children learn new words when playing. Young children may learn their first words in play for their favourite toys. Older children and teenagers may extend their vocabulary and language skills through games such as ‘Articulate’, ‘Guess Who’ and ‘Cludo’.

 

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