“When you make time to play each day, you are giving your child a big dose of love and learning.”-Rebecca Parlakian and Sarah MacLaughlin
Play is an important part of learning, particularly for children ages 0-3. It provides an opportunity to learn, fosters creativity, and helps refine fine and gross motor skills. Additionally, play is means through which children can express emotions.
In the Montessori classroom, play is incorporated into much of our practical life work. (Of course, play also takes place organically on the playground.) For example, in the toddler classroom, a basket with kitchen items, such as plates, utensils, and wooden food, emulates the movement and practice of cooking. While the “kitchen work” could be considered play, it familiarizes toddler students with kitchen items while demonstrating what the items are used for.
To learn more about the importance of play, and how you can enhance your child’s play, we invite you to read more.