We know that young children learn best through play. For young kids, effective learning really is all “fun and games.” So Saturday April 25, the library is sponsoring a Community P.L.A.Y. Day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. P.L.A.Y. stands for Play, Literacy and Learning Activities for You and Your Young Children. Parents, grandparents, caregivers and their little ones (infants through kindergarten) are invited to discover the many ways children learn through play. We will have plenty of examples of homemade learning toys to play with, as well as some fun make and take projects so you can continue the fun at home.
You will see that you don’t need expensive toys or sophisticated classes to make the most of your children’s early years. We’ve all seen that laundry baskets are incredible treasures for young kids, but so are toilet paper tubes, cracker boxes, empty water bottles, and paper bags. Not only are they free and fun, but they can serve as the building blocks for early learning.
What can children learn through play?
- Cause and effect
- Basic concepts like colors, shapes, sizes, and counting
- Social skills like sharing, taking turns, following rules, and problem solving
- Small and large muscle control
- Early literacy skills
Research has shown that early literacy skills develop naturally when adults read, write, talk, sing, and play with their children. We’ll show you fun and creative ways to do all of those things. We will also have some help from community partners. The North Shore Health Department will be on hand with safety tips. Outpost Natural Foods will have examples of healthy snacks you can make with your kids.
So put on your play clothes and get ready for you and your kids to have a very P.L.A.Y. - ful Saturday.