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Learning through Play

young girl crawling on grassWhen babies play, they are learning about themselves and the world around them. Play encourages social growth, language growth, problem solving, and imagination. In this section you will find exciting ways to encourage your baby to use play to explore the world.

From bubble blowing to blocks, from stuffed animals to stacking toys, babies love to learn through play. You can help your deaf or hard of hearing baby encounter the language that children with normal hearing experience as they learn from their play. You will find ways to expand everyday activities into creative play, and ways to support your baby's first attempts at exploring fantasy and imagination.

Play IS learning
Play is a part of everything your baby does
Everything can be a toy
Your baby already gets something special from play
Planning play can add richness and variety to your baby's development
Play changes as babies grow older