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Play and Development

Information about preschool aged children's play and development

They are moving from independent play to social play. This may include fantasy or imaginary play with small groups of children. Often whilst engaging in this play they can negotiate some complex roles and will assign role play to one another. For example “I’m the doctor and you’re sick so you need to lie down so I can fix you”. They are learning about boundaries and different roles in society and are testing and experimenting with ideas that they have witnessed and are acting them out. Learning general life skills also, for example they will act out a supermarket scenario of buying groceries etc. Everyday things that we do, we are teaching our children as they are observing. Children are taking in what they see and acting it out again through their play, making it their own.

Their fine motor skills are further developing and they are gaining more control. They may do very fine beading and complex Leggo. Their pre-writing and writing skills develop further at this age. Their vocabulary has increased to 300-500 words on average. They are recognising their own written name and their reading skills are improving. They start to develop higher thinking skills, memory recall and problem solving. They can tell quite complex stories. They will be asking lots of questions, seeking knowledge, wanting lots of information. Enjoy this time of learning with your child.


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