• Play is the main way young children learn about the world, how it works and how to communicate with it
  • Play helps a child learn that something can stand for something else. By using their imagination they learn how to think symbolically.
  • Play encourages a child’s imagination and helps them to think creatively and independently.
  • Play helps children process what they see and observe in their everyday lives. Play helps a child practice being an adult by using their imagination and through active participation.
  • Help your child retell a story or act out a book using their own toys or items around your home. This activity will help with comprehension when they begin learning how to read.
  • Play is a child’s work!

Books about Playing

Bark George by Jules Feiffer

Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Let’s Sing a Lullaby With the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

Peep and Ducky by David Martin

A Big Guy Took My Ball by Mo Willems

What Little Boys are Made of by Robert Neubecker

Have Fun Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

The Red Wagon by Renata Liwska

Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman

My Wild Sister and Me by Iris Wewer

Pirates & Princesses by Jill Kargman

Pirate Nap: a Book of Colors by Danna Smith

What About Bear? by Suzanne Bloom

Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up by Cynthia Rylant

Ladybug Girl Dresses Up! by David Soman

Push Button by Aliki