Letters & Numbers Play
Letters and Numbers Play is interconnected, which means when children participate in this type of play they are provided with opportunities to develop their cognitive and language skills.
Early on in a child’s life, they use other methods for communication – communication such as signalling and gesturing to interact with other people. Children are able to communicate before they understand written letters or words. Play with letters provides the opportunity to explore the alphabet and work towards decoding a set of symbols that are foundational for life. Eventually, children will begin to understand the relationships between letters, sounds and how words are created.
Play with letters becomes part of this dynamic developmental time for the child, with symbolic play – drawing, painting and letter writing. The emergence of reading skills including listening to stories or encouraging the child to tell their own story to tell others helps a child understand how to link words with idea.
By participating in Play with Letters on a regular basis, a child:
- explores non-verbal and verbal communication
- expresses themselves
- uses their language skills with a purpose (e.g., posting a letter, looking at a map)
- understands stories can be told with symbols, pictures and words
- discovers rhythm and patterns
- explores new sounds, letters and words
- builds their confidence to participate and communicate.
Check out a range of Letters & Numbers activities below: