How do children (toddlers and preschoolers) develop communicative skills through play?I am writing a paper on child development with a focus on the age groups mentioned and the aspect of play. Any...

How do children (toddlers and preschoolers) develop communicative skills through play?

I am writing a paper on child development with a focus on the age groups mentioned and the aspect of play. Any help on the area of how they learn to communicate through play would be great, maybe some theorists or researchers that I could relate my paper to. Thanks!

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coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Speech is very important to children's development all the way through their young lives, but between the ages of two to five their vocabulary acquisition rate is phenomenal. It races even quicker,and more richly, if they are given opportunites to use it, both at home and in social settings. That is why child health, educational and development specialists (including teachers) say 'talk, talk and talk some more to your child.'

Talking together is initiated in a very productive and fun way for the child through 'playing' with peers. Here, they need to co-operate involving speaking clearly,finding alternative words the other person might better understand, describing things they want or need to do, asking about the needs of the other person,taking turns in speech, following social cues and picking up new words from each other.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the most elemental and yet powerful concepts taught through children who play is the idea of sharing and being equitable.  In games, kids have to take turns and respect one another through an adherence to the rules.  This is an essential skill to toddlers because it removes them from being isolated and unto themselves.  They understand that if they wish to play with others, there has to be some type of sacrifice in their own specific wishes so that others' can be met.  This helps to enforce the communication of solidarity and community.  At the same time, the communication skills are increased because they are interacting with others, voicing their own sense of control or their own sense of opposition to something.  Communication is increased because of the community present in game play.