What’s Play Got To Do With Talking?

What’s Play Got To Do With Talking?

The Evidence in Dot Points

  • Play is children’s work
  • Play is how and where they learn to think and talk
  • Play helps children concentrate longer
  • Play is where we first learn to work as a team – co-operating with other children
  • When you get involved in children’s play you build a connection with them
  • Play helps children relax
  • Play helps children have fun
  • Children are currently spending less time in imaginative, creative play
  • More complex play is linked to better language development
  • Children who hear adults use more words that are different tend to do better at school
  • Play is a great way to build vocabulary
  • Children with language difficulties often need help coming up with different ideas in their play.