Stories in Action

Toddler Pre-Schooler Playtime

Come up with a short story for your child to act out. Say something like, “There once was a child who loved to climb trees” and encourage them to pretend to climb. Add on to the story with more actions. See how creative you can get. Let them have a turn to tell a story while you pretend.

See what your child is learning

When children pretend, they’re listening, remembering, controlling their behavior to fit the story, and being imaginative. Learning that words can stand for actions helps later on with the understanding that written words can stand for idea””a skill children use in learning to read.

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