Playing and Learning at Family PlayShop

Experimenting with height at CLP- Woods Run.

Experimenting with height at CLP- Woods Run.

Fall is a natural time of the year to begin something new. Back-to-school season brings new teachers, new friends, and sometimes a new school. For babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, one of the best ways to learn new things is through play.

Play is how children make sense of the world around them. Different types of play can help children develop a wide variety of skills.

Playing house at CLP-Allegheny.

Playing house at CLP-Allegheny.

For example, dramatic or pretend play, i.e. playing make-believe, helps children develop social skills like taking turns, sharing responsibilities, and solving problems. By playing with blocks and other building materials, children gain an understanding of basic math concepts such as shape, size, and measurement, and can have fun experimenting with balance and gravity.

Dressing up as community helpers at CLP- Woods Run.

Dressing up as community helpers at CLP- Woods Run.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh provides an enriched play environment at our Family PlayShop programs. This series of programs takes place over five weeks, with a weekly one-hour playing and learning session. PlayShop programs are a perfect opportunity for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and their adults to make new friends, use toys to learn about their world, and talk one-on-one with child development specialists.

Having fun at CLP-Brookline.

Having fun at CLP-Brookline.

Each week provides an opportunity to connect with a different community agency. During the program, parents and caregivers have connected with nutritionists and early intervention specialists, and have learned about dental health, Allegheny County’s WIC program, and more.

Practicing motor skills at CLP- East Liberty.

Practicing motor skills at CLP- East Liberty.

The play area at the program is set up with different learning stations and corresponding toys. Children can experiment with musical instruments together while developing social and motor skills at the music station. Climbing, jumping, and crawling in the gross motor area will help toddlers develop those important movement skills, while the transportation station may help children learn concepts like “over,” “around,” “under,” and “through,” and build language and vocabulary skills.

Trying a new puzzle at CLP-Brookline.

Trying a new puzzle at CLP-Brookline.

Don’t miss the fun! Join us for playing, learning and meeting new friends at a Family PlayShop program this fall!

Making new friends at CLP-West End.

Making new friends at CLP-West End.

by Erin–CLP-Brookline

Making music together at CLP- Allegheny.

Making music together at CLP- Allegheny.

Learning about teeth-brushing at CLP-Lawrenceville.

Learning about teeth-brushing at CLP-Lawrenceville.

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