Wee Play San José

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Wee Play San José encourages learning through play and discovery. Wee Play Centers, currently located in ten SJPL Children’s Areas, provide access to learning-based toys and comfortable environments for parents and caregivers to interact with their young children and other parents.

Playtime is Learning Time! Through play, your child gains

Physical skills

Conroy Running 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.

Cognitive skills

Kato playing with Yarn 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.

Language skills

bolt 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.

Social skills

emilia playingWhen 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?