- Enhance the play by engaging and asking questions. Children are natural players but caregivers can help children get even more out of play by asking questions and extending the story and by introducing new obstacles or problems for your child to solve. And children agree – playing is more fun with a friend!
- Play I Spy games giving detailed clues. This can introduce new vocabulary slowly and keeps your child actively learning.
- Provide many opportunities for play with letters and numbers. Keep magnetic letters on your refrigerator, label objects around the home, or play seek and find games with letters and numbers around your child.
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