Class Type: Play & Learn 5
Becoming a symbolic thinker is the key to true intelligence. Understanding symbols—that a beanbag can be food for Gymbo--allows children to form their own ideas and use their imagination. While earlier they needed to have an object-- like a ball-- in front of them in order to think about the ball, now they can imagine the ball in their mind and use a word (a symbol) to ask for it: “Ball?” Pretend play also gives children the chance to act on their ideas, like using a spoon to feed a doll. Symbolic thinking also helps children make sense of new feelings and concepts—essential to their social, emotional and intellectual growth. At Gymboree Play & Music we have activities that support your child’s development. At Gymboree Play & Music many of our classes involve imaginary play themes - like animals, trains, and cooking—these exercise children’s new symbolic thinking skills and encourages them to come up with ideas and act them out. Imagination play also encourages social skill development as children work together to develop a play scenario, resolve differences with peers, and share props. Using the equipment as new and creative ways as part of their pretend play also supports toddlers’ growing physical skills—body awareness, muscle strength, balance, and coordination. We also have Open Gym times that create a valuable experience with some unstructured playtime for a child to use their imagination which we know is so important to their development. Come to Gymboree Play & Music for the very best in activities for your imaginative thinker!