Play is often seen as the opposite of work. However, play is much more than that. It is a way for children to learn about the world while exploring and testing their own limits. Play is crucial to cognitive development and social well-being because it provides time and space for children to explore and gain skills needed for adult life.
Even the United Nations lists play as one of the basic rights of every child, so why exactly is play important for children?
The Early Literacy Corner at Brighouse library provides a tactile, play-based learning area for families to connect and play together. The design includes developmentally appropriate activities designed to encourage collaborative play between caregivers and children.
All of our library locations offer Free, Drop in programs for families that encourage literacy and reading, including Storytime and Babytime. Visit the library’s online events calendar for more details. Sign your child up for a library card and visit the library to help make the library part of your routine.
Here are a few tips to help you encourage play at home: