Monday, April 15, 2013

Play Matters and So Does Reading Aloud

Today's play was inspired by Inner Child Fun's homemade play dough recipe which can be found here. We had everything on had to make it, and my son played for over an hour. Our thanks to Valerie for inspiring another wonderful hour of play.

Children need play and lots of it. I love it when the stories we read aloud daily enter into my sons play.  Characters that might frighten him such as the big bad wolf  from Little Red Riding Hood or the giant from Jack and The Beanstalk. Listen closely and you will be surprised at the things your child will talk about as they play, things that make them happy, sad, scared or angry. It is interesting to see how they work their problems out through play.

Reading aloud is just as vital as play. It expands the imagination and opens up a whole new world that is waiting to be explored. You never know what time in history your child may visit, or the next new exotic place they might explore right from the comfort of your living room.

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