summaryUse playtime to help your child build language and literacy skills.
- Reading Is Fundamental
- Indoor, Outdoor
Any activity can be a game, and all games are opportunities to learn. Building a city of blocks, putting together puzzles, dressing dolls, playing house, and sailing ships through a bubble bath are activities that build reading-related skills. Fitting pieces in a puzzle board helps children learn to distinguish shapes and sizes. Later, they draw on these visual skills to distinguish letters and words. Building with blocks is a first step toward understanding how to describe items and how they relate to each other. Through this play, children learn colors and words such as under, on top, bigger, and smaller. Pretending to be someone else - a sailor, a parent, a superhero - stimulates imagination and exercises language, the very skills children use to understand and interpret the stories they read.