Wee Play

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Playtime is learning time! Wee Play San José Stations, currently located at 24 branch libraries, provide access to learning-based toys and comfortable environments for children and caregivers to interact with one another. As children play independently, with their peers, and with their caregivers, they develop their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional skills.

Playtime is Learning Time! Through play, your child gains:

Conroy Running

Physical Skills

Your child develops larger movements of the arms, legs, feet or entire body—gross motor skills—as she learns to reach, crawl, run, climb and balance. Your child develops smaller movements—fine motor skills— when she practices holding small toys or crayons.

Try it at home:

  • Use masking tape to make a line on the floor. Walk on it like a balance beam
  • Pretend to jump like a frog, gallop like a horse, fly like a bird, and waddle like a penguin.
Kato playing with Yarn

Cognitive Skills

Play has positive effects on your child’s brain and his ability to learn and succeed in school. Through play, your child practices solving problems, enhances his memory, and increases his ability to learn more complex ideas, such as math, later on.

Try it at home:

  • Finger paint by mixing white yogurt and food coloring. What new colors did you make?
  • Let your child help you measure and mix while cooking.
Bolt Singing

Language Skills

As your child plays and interacts with you or other children, she learns about words, sounds, and communication. This begins with you talking sweetly to your baby about her world. As she grows older, she will also start to communicate with other children, sing, and tell stories.

Try it at home:

  • Read books and sing songs together each day.
  • Make sock puppets and use them to act out stories.
Emilia playing

Social skills

When your child plays with other people, he learns to cooperate, negotiate, and take turns. Early games help your child learn to play by the rules.

Try it at home:

  • Dance to music and take turns copying each other's moves.
  • Give your child opportunities to play with other kids. Try visiting a park or library story time.

Tips for Parents

Your child loves to play with you. They benefit from this too! You can offer them encouragement and new challenges as you play together.

  • Watch your children to learn what activities they prefer. Be aware of what they can do and have problems doing.
  • Follow your children’s lead instead of directing the play. Allow them to use toys in creative ways.
  • Ask questions to enhance their learning. For example: What are you building? What color in that block? How does the sand feel in your hands?