Why is Play so Important?
“According to experts, play is our best resource for family bonding and for parents and children to get to know each other better.”
How do children learn to cope with stress through play?
“In high-stress situations, children find joy by using their imagination. Puzzles, LEGOS, and building blocks help children find meaning and involve iterative thinking (e.g., experimentation) and social interaction (the most powerful resource we have).”
Cozy up to indoor early learning experiences this winter.
Parents and Families: Let’s take a moment to recognize and celebrate your child’s first teacher: you! We know that learning doesn’t always occur in a classroom, and playtime doesn’t require going outdoors. We also know that it’s more important now than ever that parents and families partner with teachers and providers to ensure children have the tools and resources necessary to continue learning while at home. Discover these simple but effective family fun activities that encourage family bonding while inspiring children to learn and retain new skills.
Teachers and Providers: Partner with parents and families to meet school readiness goals! This downloadable resource can help reinforce the work you do every day in just four easy steps:
- E-mail to parents and families.
- Share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the Hashtag #MDFamiliesEngage.
- Download, print, and distribute to parents and families.
- Place on the family communication board.