In today's world, children are surrounded by ever-changing media forms. Digital technology, animation, and sound production in films, television, radio, and music create effects that fascinate young people. They enjoy dramatic stage performances enhanced with captivating visual displays and special effects. These media texts create new potentials for children's play by providing themes, events, characters, and techniques to use as springboards. In media play, children incorporate texts from film, television, and popular culture into their pretend activities (Schulman, 23). Youngsters use toys, dramatic props, and other play materials to act out characters, scenes, and events they have seen in movies, television programs, and other media formats (For example, stage plays, musicals, and song performance). Through media play, children draw on the film and television themes, locations, story-lines, and roles in films or television episodes to create their own play scenarios. Playing with media texts can enhance children's reading experiences. Media productions can introduce children to classical literature and children's novels, books, and other publications they may not know. Through popular films based on bestselling children's books and legendary characters-the Narnia
series, Harry potter
, and Percy Jackson
are examples-young people often are inspired to read literature. Therefore, the paper will analyze how certain children's toys create social or emotional or other problems.To promote literacy, teachers can help children make use of the story frameworks, archetypal characters, and text allusions in their play. Drawing on literary tools found in the media, students can start directing follow-up television episodes or remarking popular films based on these experiences. Working with media formats allows students to produce texts reconstructions using language, narrative structures, story elements, and popular themes to create their own versions. Through media play, students can make text-to-text connections between movies, television shows, plays, documentaries, musical and dramatic performances, and other media formats that deal with common themes, genres, conflicts, or character portrayals (Halloran, 65). Children's understanding of text forms, content, and media techniques begins to grow as they make these connections.Text-to-text experiences can promote social awareness, directing children to forms of play that lead to social action and universal change. As youngsters grow more experienced with play, they may construct complex themes and problems to work out with others. As we watch children play, we may notice them taking part in episodes that focus on topics that are sensitive to them, Such as relationships or the environment. With heightened social awareness, young people may attempt during play to deal with the impact of critical issues around them. Suddenly, play moves into a space where children can address the emotional problems and social dilemmas of life. Favorite characters, eventful plots, and underlying themes become the feature of continuing sagas that children produce in narrative play.
Through these chronicles, youngsters begin to examine social issues such as (poverty, human rights, bias, and gender inequality), challenges stereotypes, deepen their perspectives, and inspire change in the context of play (Walker, 27). In time, children may use toys, play props, costumes, and settings to create elaborate play scenarios that challenge the social order and portray narratives from marginalized points of view. To promote critical literacy during play, teachers can ask students to present alternate versions of fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and other traditional genres. Through close examination, youngsters may uncover the underlying themes and hidden issues in time-honored stories such as Cinderella, The old Woman who lived in the Shoe
and Hansel and Gretel
. Children can use toys as a way to deconstruct the text, change the storyline, and develop new adaptations of these age-old stories. Through role-playing, children can explore broader gender experiences that move beyond stereotypes, traditional roles, and socio-cultural expectations. For example, strong feminist tales may emerge in child's play of adventurous characters that overcome the challenges of gendered labels and limited opportunities. As children role-play, they start to explore issues of equality and individual identity that allow them to cross social boundaries and global lines.These critical literacy engagements extend the prospects of child's play to help young people advocate for human rights, redefine social roles, and face the realities of an increasingly-complex world. As children become more skilled at play, they may create conflicts to solve that parallel global issues such as war, threats to peace, and natural disasters. With adult guidance, youngsters can create fantasy themes around environmental awareness, ecological concerns (For example, oil spills, forest fires, and endangered animals), or other world issues. In critical literacy play, children learn to focus on specific narrative elements that deal with story problems and character dilemmas to find a solution. They use richer language, elaborate plots, and creative problem solving to look for solutions. Working out conflicts and dealing with critical issues during play can lead to deeper understandings and moral lessons that may steer young people to community participation or social action. Play motivates young children to make a difference and influence change one act at a time. Play has a transformative quality.
Through imagination, youngsters can adjust time and space to become who or what they chose. Becoming skilled at play gives children the insights, knowledge, and critical thinking to challenge and change the growing complexities of our world. From the simple act of playing, young people can build the real- life skills they will need for the future (Philip, 32). Play has far-reaching opportunities for lifelong learning that we are only beginning to understand. Realizing the true possibilities that rise from play may inspire us all, as teachers, parents and global educators, to use play's amazing learning potential to build progressive classroom. These opportunities start by giving children throughout the world the privileged right to play. The road to becoming literate starts with play. Play marks the beginning of children's early life experiences.Understanding the value of play and its strong connections to literacy changes our view of early childhood programs. This essay shows us how print materials, literacy props, toys, media texts, children's books, and other resources support literacy learning through [play in all its forms. Children come to know literacy naturally through ordinary experiences that are innately part of growing up. Children's first steps toward using language happen through play. Play invites youngsters into real and imaginary worlds where words and oral language are used in rich, creative, and sophisticated ways. As children enter the social realm of play, they discover ways to communicate effectively with others by becoming stronger language users themselves. Learning to talk and use oral language grow from other opportunities in which children can practice and develop the verbal skills they need to become literate and active members of our social world.In conclusion, children toys play a significant role in emergent literacy development as the basis for early language acquisition. Through talk, youngsters become language users themselves, experimenting with ways to express thoughts, needs, and feelings in conversion.