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Play & Learning

Problem solving is child’s play — through play & learning, your child becomes more strategic and adaptive.


From planning their next move in a competitive game to overcoming obstacles in play, they're learning to think ahead and adapt. It's all about persistence, creativity and the joy of discovering new solutions.

Your School-Ager (Ages 6-10)

Play continues to be a crucial part of learning as your child grows. Whether they're playing outdoors with friends, strategizing in a board game or inventing a game all their own, play is the key to enhancing their problem-solving skills and creativity. It's through these activities that they can learn to set goals, develop strategies and negotiate rules — all while having fun.

  • Curiosity Unleashed

    Your child’s curiosity can lead to exploration and discovery. At this age, children's play often revolves around exploring more complex concepts, testing out new ideas and learning from trial and error.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Are there opportunities for open-ended play that encourage exploration and discovery? A friendly play environment with different materials or props can be the key to nurturing curiosity, which leads to more inventive play and learning.

  • Creative Collaboration

    The imaginary worlds and scenarios your child invents are exercises in creativity and collaboration. This type of play helps them better understand the art of storytelling.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Does the program encourage group play that requires creativity and negotiation? Are children encouraged to develop their stories and games, to listen to each other's ideas and to build on them together?

  • Persistence Pays Off

    From sticking with a challenging puzzle to learning a new sport, persistence is key. Your child is learning to focus, to overcome obstacles and to enjoy the satisfaction of achieving a goal.

    Look for Signs of Learning at Your Child's Care

    Look for environments that challenge children just enough to keep them engaged without overwhelming them. Children should be encouraged to think hard about their goals, and then try hard to achieve them.

Ideas to Learn and Play Together!


From morning routines to evening activities, your child continues to develop. Explore these ideas for enhancing their skills and strengthening family bonds. Remember, all children progress at their own pace and in unique ways. For more information about the skills and milestones for your child's age, check out our developmental milestones resource page. If you continue to have concerns or questions, please give us a call at 1-800-299-1627.

  • Scavenger Hunt

    Create a scavenger hunt where each clue leads to a small challenge or puzzle that must be solved to reveal the next clue. These challenges can include riddles, simple math problems or tasks involving physical activity (e.g., "Do 10 jumping jacks to find your next clue under the couch."). This activity promotes critical thinking, problem-solving skills and play!

  • Build Your Own Board Game

    Encourage your child to invent their own board game. They can design the game board, create cards with questions or tasks and make their own game pieces from household items or craft supplies. This project encourages creativity, strategic thinking and an understanding of rules and fairness. Playing the game as a family provides a fun, shared learning experience.

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