From the day they are born, children are eager and determined to explore and understand how the world works. It is through play that children at an early age engage and interact in the world around them. Play is also the key to early childhood development and lifelong success.

Wee Watch offers a variety of programming resources to our Providers and parents; Play & Learn books, FUNdamental Themes and worksheets, Activity Handbook, Together Wee Can Events, newsletters, and workshops. We also know the importance of play and that young children learn through play, which is why our play-based learning approach is an important part of the Wee Watch system. When this natural activity is supported, the child’s competence, capacity and potential are maximized.

Through play, children are developing important skills and habits that will stay with them throughout their lives. They learn to cope with frustration, to continue to try and improve, and to share with others. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.

Playing with your child is not only fun, but also one of the most important ways you can nurture their development. Here are some areas of development and activities that you can alter depending on the child’s age and skill level.

Area of DevelopmentSkillsActivities
Fine Motor
  • Small muscle development
  • Eye/hand coordination
  • Scissor cutting
  • Building blocks/Legos
Gross Motor
  • Large muscle development
  • Coordination
  • Jumping, climbing, hopping, running
Cognitive
  • Problem solving
  • Cause and effect
  • Puzzles and matching
  • Science experiments
Language
  • Pre reading skills
  • Creative and self expression
  • Books and songs
  • Group activities
Social/Emotional
  • Cooperative play
  • Self regulation
  • Social skills
  • Group play
  • Welcome/goodbye song