Play is a KEY part of the early childhood classroom. It gives children the opportunity to explore as they learn in several different interest areas.
Playground/multipurpose room- a way to promote physical development as they learn to jump, run, swing, climb, skip, and help with gross motor skills to build the larger muscles in their bodies
Blocks- a way to build structures using their own creativity with a variety of weights and sizes
Dramatic Play- allows children to step into different roles and recreate real-life experiences
Toys, puzzles, games- learn how to work cooperatively with others, math ideas and concepts, follow directions, strengthen/control muscles in their hands, and explore how things work
Art- an expression of original ideas, while recognizing colors and textures
Sand, water, rice, beans, etc.- explore and experiment with their senses