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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Young Children Need to Play!
Url: https://illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets/importanceofplay/
Languages: English
Spanish Version: ¡Los niños pequeños necesitan jugar!
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/es/tipsheets/importanceofplay-sp/
Polish Version: Dzieciom potrzebna jest zabawa!
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/pl/tipsheets/importanceofplay-pol/
Korean Version: 유아는 놀이를 필요로 한다!
https://illinoisearlylearning.org/ko/tipsheets/importanceofplay-ko/
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Home
Family Child Care
Child Care Center
Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Parents/Family
Teachers/Caregivers
Service Providers
Keywords: Classroom Activities
Creativity
Family Activities
Play
Social Development
Toddlers
Toys
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Learning Areas: LANGUAGE ARTS
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH
SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
PARENTING AND FAMILY LIFE
ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
Goals: 1. Demonstrate increasing competence in oral communication (listening and speaking).
19. Acquire movement skills and understand concepts needed to explore the environment, support learning, and engage in health-enhancing physical activity.
31. Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
Learning Standards: 1.B. Communicate effectively using language appropriate to the situation and audience.
19.A. Demonstrate physical competency and control of large and small muscles.
19.C. Demonstrate knowledge of rules and safety during activity.
31.A. Develop positive relationships with peers and adults.
31.B. Use communication and social skills to interact effectively with others.
Benchmarks: 1.B.ECa. Use language for a variety of purposes.
1.B.ECb. With teacher assistance, participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners (e.g., peers and adults in both small and large groups) about age-appropriate topics and texts.
1.B.ECc. Continue a conversation through two or more exchanges.
19.A.ECa. Engage in active play using gross- and fine-motor skills.
19.A.ECb. Move with balance and control in a range of physical activities.
19.C.ECa. Follow simple safety rules while participating in activities.
31.A.ECe. Develop positive relationships with peers.
31.B.ECb. Engage in cooperative group play.
Domains: Developmental Domain 1: Social & Emotional Development
Developmental Domain 2: Physical Development & Health
Approaches to Learning
Subdomain: Gross Motor
Fine Motor
Confidence & Risk-Taking
Relationship with Peers