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As a parent, you
know the importance of play and that, for a child, to play is to  learn. In fact, play is so essential to
optimal child development that it has been recognized formally by the United
Nations as a right of every child. But did you know that play also offers a
perfect opportunity for you to observe a child’s development? It’s true!
Encouraging developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor play is a great way to
observe social, emotional, and cognitive milestones that mark a child’s
development.  Watching for the
developmental milestones that are appropriate for a child’s age provides clues
to a child’s development and can help you identify a child who might be at risk
for a developmental delay or disability.



This topic will
teach you more about play for children and suggest fun ways to engage and
educate your child.

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  1. 1. Fitango Education Health Topics Playhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=402
  2. 2. OverviewAs a parent, youknow the importance of play and that, for a child,to play is to learn. In fact, play is so essential tooptimal child development that it has beenrecognized formally by the United 1
  3. 3. OverviewNations as a right of every child. But did you knowthat play also offers aperfect opportunity for you to observe a child’sdevelopment? It’s true!Encouraging developmentally appropriate indoorand outdoor play is a great way to 2
  4. 4. Overviewobserve social, emotional, and cognitivemilestones that mark a child’sdevelopment. Watching for thedevelopmental milestones that are appropriate fora child’s age provides cluesto a child’s development and can help you identifya child who might be at risk 3
  5. 5. Overviewfor a developmental delay or disability.This topic willteach you more about play for children andsuggest fun ways to engage andeducate your child. 4
  6. 6. Game idea: Three little pigs **Three Little Pigs**?You can engage children’sskills in imitation, pretend play, and storytellingwith this role-playinggame. Divide the group into roles from 5
  7. 7. Game idea: Three little pigs **Three Little Pigs**the story “The Three Little Pigs”. Several childrenmight need to perform thesame role. While the teacher or another studenttells the story, the childrenact it out, using areas designated by the teacher asthe three houses (e.g., an 6
  8. 8. Game idea: Three little pigs **Three Little Pigs**area behind a bench could be the house of straw,behind a tree could be thehouse of sticks, and so on). Each time the wolf“blows down” the “house”, allthe little pigs run to the next house with the wolfchasing them. Each child 7
  9. 9. Game idea: Three little pigs **Three Little Pigs**caught by the wolf becomes another wolf. At theend of the story, the pigs can chasethe wolves away. 8
  10. 10. Game idea: Crazy ball **Crazy Ball**?This game helps childrendemonstrate and develop skills such as directionfollowing, imitating, turntaking, and being able to differentiate betweenconcepts. Have the children 9
  11. 11. Game idea: Crazy ball **Crazy Ball**form a line, leaving a few feet between each child.Using one playground-sizedball, have each child do something silly with theball while passing it downthe line. You can change the direction to alterwhether the child with the ball 10
  12. 12. Game idea: Crazy ball **Crazy Ball**does the same thing or something different thanthe child before him or her. 11
  13. 13. Game idea: Duck, duck, gooseDuck, Duck, Goose?In this classic childhoodgame, you can build on a child’s ability to followdirections, awareness ofbeing a boy or girl, and ability to take turns. 12
  14. 14. Game idea: Duck, duck, gooseMaking slight changes to this old favorite can helpyou keep an eye outfor some specific milestones. Tell the children that“it” can pick anotherchild of the same (or opposite) sex only. Instead ofrunning, instruct the 13
  15. 15. Game idea: Duck, duck, goosechildren to hop, skip, or march when chasing the“goose”. Have the childrenmake up and agree to some new facet of thegame. 14
  16. 16. Game idea: Hide and seek **Hide and Seek**?This is a favorite game ofmany children. It is a great game thatdemonstrates a child’s ability tounderstand placement in space, follow directions,and cooperate with 15
  17. 17. Game idea: Hide and seek **Hide and Seek**others.Hide and Seek is a wonderful way to observehow children change their manner of play overtime. Younger children often hidein obvious places?sometimes in plain view?andoften hide in the same place a 16
  18. 18. Game idea: Hide and seek **Hide and Seek**friend was just hiding. They also tend to give awaytheir hiding place bysaying things like, “You can’t find me” or gigglingwhile they are being lookedfor. As children get older, their hiding skills becomemore advanced, and they 17
  19. 19. Game idea: Hide and seek **Hide and Seek**begin to develop strategies to reach home basewithout being caught.You can track milestones by adding a littlemore structure to the game. For example, tellchildren to hide under or behindsomething, or have the seeker call out where theysee their friends (e.g., “Joe 18
  20. 20. Game idea: Hide and seek **Hide and Seek**is behind the tree.”). Place children in pairs orsmall groups and have themdecide where the group will hide before thecounting begins. Have the childrenchoose and pretend to be characters who mightlook for each other (e.g., a 19
  21. 21. Game idea: Hide and seek **Hide and Seek**knight searching for dragons or a mother ducklooking for her ducklings). 20

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