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Narrator – Learning through play Is how children learn in the early childhood years. Play allows children to discover new ideas, understand and connect to their world try new skills, take risks and solve problems which are all important for learning later in life.

Research shows the benefits of play on children's learning and brain development. For example, when a child works on a puzzle they are practising pattern matching, problem-solving, mathematical skills and persistence.

There are plenty of opportunities for children to play and learn at home. Families can support their child's learning by playing with their child and extending the learning where possible. In particular, drawing on their own cultural knowledge and experience.

A lot of this support and extension is just about talking, labelling describing and recalling. For example when a family plays a game together like hide and seek or tip, their child is learning how to follow game rules and take turns while practising fairness and acceptance.

When a family goes for a walk together they could collect rocks and sticks to be sorted into different colours, shapes, sizes, or used for counting, adding and subtracting.

This is supporting a child's developing math skills while engaging with the natural world.

Playing music and dancing together as a family supports a child's large muscle development and coordination, as well as self-confidence.

Children also learn when they are playing on their own. They use their imagination and creativity to develop ideas and thinking skills to solve problems.

Play allows children to repeat skills they are learning and work things out for themselves.

The learning that is happening through a child's play is endless.

For more ideas and resources visit our website: education.nsw.gov.au/early-learning-resources.

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