Guide to Games and Activities for 0-5 Year-Olds

Barnardos. (2005). Guide to Games and Activities for 0-5 Year-Olds.
Play is essential for learning and the singular central activity of childhood, occurring naturally at all times throughout a child’s day. While playing, children explore their world, learn about their bodies, test their skills, communicate and interact with others. Through play children learn to share, make their own choices and develop their independence. Play can be active, exploratory or imaginative, occurring individually, in groups or simply side by side. Children are naturally curious and self motivated, seeking out new experiences in their world. Parents and carers, being their earliest, most important teachers can provide safe, stimulating and varied opportunities to explore and learn at home.