Learn Play Grow – Support Your Child’s Physical and Cognitive Development

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Learn Play Grow is a text message program for parents and carers of young children in Victoria that aims to foster connection, communication, and play-based learning by providing families with ideas for fun activities they can do at home.

Active social play helps shape the monkey brain while building connections between brain areas.

Social and Emotional Development

Children’s social-emotional development involves their ability to form secure relationships, regulate emotions, and form friendships with peers. Children need these skills to build trust and confidence while learning new things and working through problems effectively–all part of being school-ready (NYCU).

Adults can help children’s social-emotional development by responding to attempts at interaction, following cues from children, and building on words spoken by them. Adults must include emotional words in conversations and reading books that discuss feelings, social interactions, and relationships – skills children learn through positive, consistent, and responsive relationships with caring adults (parents, teachers, home visitors, or family childcare providers).

Play is not only the primary activity for young children; it also plays an essential role in their emotional and social development. Play provides children with an ideal way to regulate their emotions and learn to communicate effectively with others; children can practice taking turns, noticing social cues, expressing themselves freely, and understanding other’s emotions through all types of play–so long as it is safe (Colliver & Veraksa 2020).

Play Grow Learn is an invaluable resource in classrooms or with families. Packed with quality activities for moving, talking, cooking, creating, thinking, singing, and making, it is a free downloadable e-magazine.

Physical Development

Physical development involves advancing and refining infants’ and toddlers’ motor skills. Physical development also helps support cognitive development as infants and toddlers learn through their senses, including sight, touch, smell, and sound.

Caregivers and teachers can support physical development in infants and toddlers by providing activities that allow them to reach, grasp, and move objects, such as teething rings, chew toys, ice cubes, and large puzzle toys. Caregivers may also offer activities encouraging infants and toddlers to use their motor skills by pushing buttons, rolling balls, climbing structures, etc.

Filled with excellent ideas for active play, outdoor adventures, art making, creative construction, and reading for creative fun, this fully downloadable issue provides value, experience, and heaps of enjoyment!

Cognitive Development

Cognitive development refers to the process of learning and understanding your environment. Play is one of the best ways to support cognitive development for your child and advance their ability to think and solve problems. Play promotes our natural tendency towards creating balance by organizing our environments into comfortable structures; children’s brains are highly adaptable, so playing together helps shape how they see the world and which skills they will eventually acquire.

Children constantly evolve, and their first five years are packed with critical developmental milestones. Their development occurs across four main areas: motor (physical), language/communication, social/emotional, and cognitive. You can help maximize their early years by talking with them, reading books aloud, providing sensory experiences through games or activities, and encouraging their curiosity with games or activities.

Are you curious about how to support your child’s cognitive growth? Learn Play Grow is our free downloadable magazine packed with quality activity ideas for moving, thinking, cooking, creating, building, and imagining! Ideal for teachers, childcare educators, parents, or anyone spending time with young kids! You can download your copy by clicking below; ensure that the email address associated with your PayPal account is used when downloading!

Language Development

At this age, children are strengthening their language abilities. They will start to show an understanding of how words combine and can communicate more freely during play activities with parents or other adults. Furthermore, they are likely capable of discussing things around them, including their experiences, and using toys and objects as props during play; finally, they should also recognize the sound of their names.

Discover more about how play and language development go hand-in-hand here.

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