Activity 4: Playtime

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Playtime is essential for building social skills, and it is a wonderful time for children to learn how to express themselves, work out problems, make choices, and build self-confidence.

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Playtime is essential for building social skills. It is a wonderful time for children to learn how to express themselves, work out problems, make choices, and build self-confidence. Provide your child with a balanced amount of structured and free playtime.

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Playing nicely with other children of similar age is a necessary skill to be successful in a classroom.

Activity: Playtime

Encourage your child to pretend play with you. It is okay for you to make suggestions occasionally, but allow your child to take the lead. Take an active role in following your child’s lead. Include cleanup as part of play. This helps develop responsibility.

It is typical for children to finish playing and move on to something new without cleaning up. Help your child make cleanup quick and fun: “Let’s see who can pick up the most cars.” Sing a song as everyone helps.

If possible, set aside playtime when there will be few outside interruptions. Let your child choose what to play. Some ideas may sound silly, but talk with your child. You may be surprised at what he/she has in mind.

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