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What Children Learn Through Play

By — Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
Updated on Jul 20, 2010

Learn concepts:

  • Physical concepts associated with the five senses- touching, tasting, smelling, seeing, and hearing
  • Logical-mathematical concepts associated with classification, seriation, numeration, space (over, under, etc.), and time (before, after, etc.)

Develop social skills:

  • Sharing
  • Taking Turns
  • Negotiating
  • Compromising
  • Leading

Develop physical skills:

  • Using fine and large muscles

Develop and practice language and literacy skills:

  • Phonological awareness-learning how sounds make up words and are used in words
  • Conversation skills e.g., taking turns and responding appropriately)

Enhance self-esteem:

  • Demonstrating accomplishments and abilities
  • Relating own accomplishments to those of peers

Master life situations and prepare for adult life and roles:

  • Learning how to become independent
  • Thinking
  • Making decisions
  • Cooperating/collaborating with all others, including those who are different from the child culturally, racially, or in ability
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