Get on the Floor and Play

Playing (Page 87)

At 10 months, watch me take these rings off this stacker. Look at all the colors. The object at this stage is not for me to put them back on or in order; this will come over time around 30 to 36 months or before, so don’t stress me. Provide me with many toys so I can match shapes and colors. Eventually, I will sort shapes and complete multiple-piece puzzles. Engage me in cause and effect with many mechanical toys that make noise or do something. Engage me, at 18 to 24 months, in play dough, paint, sand, water, letters, and numbers. Provide preplanned learning opportunities to work on developmental skills that I have yet to master. Preplanned learning opportunities are activities that you organize with my toys to engage me in specific skills. Constantly assess or evaluate my developing skills. As I master developmental skills, please move me on to more difficult skills.

“There is little that gives children greater pleasure than when a grown-up let’s himself down to their level, renounces his oppressive superiority and plays with them as an equal.”

—Sigmund Freud