DAP


Amber Williamson


ECH/205

April 10, 2017
Yvonne Gould

DAP

Play is a crucial element in the development and growth of young
children; a component which adults, educators and caregivers should
constantly consider. How can Legos, puzzles, toy cars, games, crafts and
sidewalk chalk have a significant impact in the development of young
children? Such common toys and activities help children in play and guide
children in learning and understanding imperative skills. It is critical
that toys and activities for children are chosen with safety and
developmental appropriateness guidelines in mind. This will allow children
to gain the full benefits of the materials they use.
DAP Toys and Activities for Young Children
When choosing safe toys for children, you must first know what safe
toys are. Safe toys for young children are well-made, painted with
nontoxic, lead-free paint, shatter-proof and easily cleaned and sanitized.
We do not want toys that may pinch, give splinters, or have sharp pieces.
Caregivers should closely examine the toys before purchasing and read all
labels carefully. It is also important for the caregiver to make sure that
the toys are appropriate for the ages of the children.
Developmentally appropriate means that the toy should nurture a
child's social/emotional, physical, and cognitive development by basing all
practices and decisions on the theories of child development. It is
important for the toys and activities to have a connection with whatever
theme you are talking about with the children. For example, if you are
talking or learning about reptiles you may want to fill the room with toys
and items that children can play with that goes along with a reptile theme.
You may want to put out some picture books about snakes, alligators,
dinosaurs, etc. You may also put out some toy reptiles that the children
can play with. The children can make a craft of a turtle by printing out a
template of a turtle and have the child tear up pieces of green and brown
paper and glue them on the turtle. You make also want to make up some songs
or rhymes that children can recite to learn important information about
reptiles.
This can be changed up in many ways depending on the ages of the
children. When working with themes, it is easy to change activities to make
them DAP for the children. For example, the activity with the tear paper
turtle can be changed to the children using scissors and cutting the paper
and making a pattern on the turtle with the green and brown paper. Keep in
mind that the activities can be manipulated in many ways.
Conclusion
Being DAP is important for the growth of young children. Making
something too hard or too easy for a child does not help in the development
of the children and they do not benefit from the material/toys. Having the
appropriate toys will help the children grow and develop in all stages of
development while providing a nurturing and positive experience for the
children, caregiver, and the children's families.