Ok, IMHO hands down....letting kids PLAY is one of the best ways to learn!
There are many parents that think that playing is just that....play.
How is my child learning while they play? Ummmm, sharing, coloring matching, caring for stuff, organizing, etc.
If you want to get really into it, playing preschool games makes it even more so! Great family time, playing a game which teaches patience, listening, following rules and then whatever the game is about. Candy Land is about matching colors and counting. Chutes and Ladders is about rules and listening. Memory Match is about remembering and placement plus patterns!
Playing tea party teaching children about heat energy with the tea, sharing by passing plates of goodies and table manners if you do it right!
Playing cars teaches about driving skills, taking turns(stop lights) and sharing with friends.
Reading to your child is ALWAYS good! Instills a love of books plus learning sight words, letter recognition and then whatever the story is about!!
Play is LEARNING! My childcare motto is Playing to Learn and Learning to Play!
So, next time someone thinks your child is JUST playing....let them know that they are learning as well!!!