Play is meaningful and important to the development of language skills in early childhood. Through play and interaction, children learn how to talk, listen, read, and write
Young children make numerous language discoveries as they play, explore, and interact with others. Language skills are primary avenues to learning because they allow children to talk about their own life experiences.
Parents and teachers can make use of the engaging and motivating nature of play to encourage language development by creating activities that instruct as they provide enjoyable, genuine play experiences. The more story-like the play activity is, the more memorable it will be.
Here are a couple examples of play-based activities:
Click here for a list of age-appropriate activities that encourage language development.