Child development specialists know the importance of play,

because children discover and learn about their world through

play.  Play promotes the total development of the child.  It

enhances a child’s self-esteem, because he/she can succeed in

play.  When children are playing in the areas detailed below, they

are forming a solid foundation for a life of learning.



When children play with blocks, cars and trucks, they are


- Concepts of shapes, sizes, length and locations, all relative to

learning to read and do mathematics

- To create and repeat patterns, a math skill

- To exercise their imagination and to express ideas

- To problem solve and cooperate with others


When children play with water or other materials, they are learning:

- To feel relaxed and comfortable with friends                                      

- Science concepts such as sinking and floating

- To explore the senses that God has given us

- To observe changes as water takes different forms in different containers

- About different temperatures and textures

- About concepts such as wet, dry and evaporation

- Eye hand coordination

- Concepts of empty and full, volume and weight


When children play in the ‘Home-Living Area’ they are learning:

- To try on different adult roles

- To solve social problems through negotiation with friends

- To make decisions, organize, and use ideas as a Christian through dramatic play


When children look at books in the ‘Book Area’ they are learning:

- To make friends with books

- That printed words have meaning

- About other people and places

- To interact with an adult to develop verbal and listening skills

- To respect God’s written Word


When children use play dough, paints, glue, scissors and art materials, they are learning:

- To exercise their God-given imagination and creativity

- To express feelings and moods

- The concepts of size, shape, location and design relevant to learning to read

- How to create patterns and designs, a math skill

- To control the small muscles of their hands

- The concepts of symmetry, balance and design


When children play in the Science/Discovery area they are learning:

- To appreciate God’s world around them

- To develop their curiosity

- To investigate and try new things


When children play at the Writing Center, they are learning:

- That they can communicate by squiggles and written words

- That they can use a variety of tools to convey their thoughts and feelings

 - To hold a drawing implement and to control the pressure


When children play with puzzles and string beads they learn:

- The basic math concept about the relationships of parts to the whole

- Self confidence as they learn to work difficult puzzles

- To have pride in accomplishments

- Eye/hand coordination


When children play and sing songs and dance, they are learning:

- To make a joyful noise unto the Lord

- Memory skills and sequencing

- To be conscious of others

- Auditory discrimination skills such as recognizing differences in sounds, which is essential to learning how to read

- Awareness and identification with their own culture and the cultural heritage of others

- To express themselves physically

- To be conscious of the moods and rhythms of music


When children play on climbing equipment, they are learning:

 - Self-confidence as they develop new skills

 - Physical strength, coordination and balance

 - To solve problems

 - To conduct themselves as Christians on the playground


When Children play at the Smart Board/Computer Center

- They are using programs that are enhancing the core curriculum