Class Type: Play & Learn
The room is filled with floating bubbles and the sound of voices singing. Two-year-old Brandon pops a bubble between his hands with two claps. And his peer, Sarah, stands nearby popping her own bubbles with her fingers, hands and face. To her mother she says, “I got one” as a bubble pops on her nose. Brandon watches Sarah closely then pops a bubble with his nose, shouting in her direction, “got it!” For the next minute, the two are relishing the social encounter they have created as they pop bubbles with their noses. It’s not the excitement of popping bubbles that seems to intrigue these children most, but the reciprocal interactions they are engaging in.
Opportunities to play are really opportunities to learn. During play children learn and practice social skills, develop cognitive abilities like problem solving, and refine language skills. Renowned psychologist, Jean Piaget, summed it up best: “play is a child’s work.” As a parent, you become the prime candidate for channeling your child’s play experiences in a way that is challenging and developmentally appropriate. Here at Gymboree Play & Music we assist you in the process of enhancing your child’s social and cognitive development.