Language, Play Skills, Social Foundations

The Nearly Comprehensive Guide to Teaching Your Child How to Play

Wondering how to help your child develop their play skills? Keep reading, you’re in the right place. Your child’s play development happens in specific, sequential stages and there are things that you can do in each stage to help them develop more advanced play skills. Keep in mind that there’s more to play than just… Read More The Nearly Comprehensive Guide to Teaching Your Child How to Play

Classroom, Play Skills, Social Foundations

Why Theory of Mind Makes a Child Popular

Theory of Mind (ToM) is the ability to recognize others’ perspectives and how this affects their behavior. ToM is essentially ‘social understanding’ and is a skill that significantly develops between the ages of 3-5. Kiddos do learn a lot during the preschool years, but ToM is something you should pay extra special attention to because… Read More Why Theory of Mind Makes a Child Popular

Play Skills, Social Foundations

Playing Pretend

It’s important for kids to play pretend because playing pretend is one of the key ways that young children develop social skill. (Seriously and you know how important social skills are, especially if you’ve read this) Another bonus of playing pretend is that this is one of the big predictors of creativity as an adult… Read More Playing Pretend

Play Skills

Top Playground Fail

“Can I Play with You?” is one of the top social faux pas on the playground. Right alongside hijacking and dominating the play group. As adults, we may prompt children to join ongoing play by asking, “Can I play with you?” but this is not how children naturally join their peers. Children comment on the… Read More Top Playground Fail