Ready to Read: Playing Resources
How does playing help children learn to read?
Play is one of the primary ways young children learn about how the world works and learn language.
Play helps children practice putting their thoughts into words.
Play helps children think symbolically — that this item stands for this thing ("This box is a rocket ship!"), which helps them understand that words can stand for real objects or experiences.
Play is how children practice becoming adults and process what they see and hear everyday.