Playing is how children learn about themselves and the world. Through play, children develop their imagination and learn creativity. When children act out stories, they learn to communicate and engage with others.

Play also gives children a chance to practice new vocabulary. Their props can be great tools to see writing and print in a wide variety of places. For example: drivers use maps, chefs use recipes, and shoppers use lists. This kind of imaginative play allows children to see print all around them.

Reading Suggestions!


  • Play games with your child one on one
  • Pretend to be an animal, or on an adventure
  • Use puppets to tell a story
  • Dress up and play “Doctor’s Office”, or “Fire Station”
  • Let children use their imagination to create props
  • Attend free storytimes at the Library