Lauren Leisk, owner of Educational Toys Expert writes on the benefits of play in the development of speech and language.
Learning Through Play
Play is often referred to as ‘the work of children’, and rightly so. Play is not something children do to pass the time but instead a way that they learn about the world around them and develop the skills needed for growth and future learning. It is through play that children learn how to interact appropriately with others and their environment. It is through play that children learn to communicate.
No activity, no toy, is really limited to one area of a child’s development. All areas of development are interrelated. By providing activities that stimulate our child’s cognitive, social-emotional, gross motor and fine motor skills we are also developing their language.
Speech Develops Through Imitation
We are all aware that children love to imitate. This is how they learn. We often see a child do something and giggle as they remind us of ourselves, dad or maybe even grandma. Speech is no different.