|Pretend restaurant play. Ready to write down your order!|
|Taking the lead in navigating the Zoo, "reading" his map. Saved for pretend play at home.|
|A tape measure and snakes of different length are fun to compare. Tape measures are a good addition when building with blocks too!|
|Color patterns, and sorting on the raceway.|
Children need concrete objects to manipulate in a way they understand them... playing with them. I trust in play because children trust in play to lead them to this...
Trust that children want to learn. They are curious about the world around them, including those lines that make up letters and numbers. But it is a process, and play includes them. The push and the rush to make numbers and letters more visible before they are ready to be seen is not necessary... they are already there... play will make them appear when a child is ready.