Children learn about language through different kinds of play. When they play "store" or pretend to be an animal, they practice putting thoughts into words.
- Play is a good way to develop background knowledge through role playing different situations. Try playing restaurant, doctor's office, school, car repair shop, or library.
- Provide toys that can represent the characters in a favorite book to act out or extend the story.
- Playing with blocks is great for early literacy! There are so many ways to sort, categorize, and pretend.
- Play "I Spy."
- Play with words: tell jokes and riddles.
- Use stuffed animals to tell a story.
How the library can help:
CADL has places to play and learn. We offer storytimes and other events just right for early learners.
Here are some books that encourage imaginative play.
Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas
It's a Tiger by David LaRochelle
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Wiggle by Doreen Cronin
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
Press Here by Herve Tullet
Adapted from Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library, 2nd Edition