Hone Communication Skills

Hone Communication Skills

Knowing what people mean isn’t always easy. Kids have to learn to decipher what people are saying — and not saying — by listening, observing, and sometimes picking up on very subtle clues.

By playing with others, children learn the art of communication. They come to recognize facial expressions and body language. They figure out how to strike up and carry on conversations, and how to express their thoughts and desires in a way that won’t cause problems and put a stop to the group game.

Pretend play is especially important for children’s communication development and literacy. The idea that a letter represents a sound is based on symbolism — a concept kids come to understand when they pretend that a cardboard box is a castle, or that a shoe is a race car. Role-play also gives children a chance to use words they’ve heard adults and other kids use, and helps improve their vocabulary. As they grow older, word-based games help reinforce language and literacy skills.

Creating good communicators — that’s the genius of play!

A study shows that kindergarteners'
to the amount of time they spent talking during pretend play at age 3.

"Predicting specific kindergarten literacy skills from three-year-olds' preschool experiences," Dickinson & Moreton, 1991.