In play based learning, every child gets an opportunity to explore the immediate environment and the world around through play. Our students explore ideas and languages, manipulate objects, act-out roles and experiment with materials such as blocks, natural items, play dough and paint. These are some of the ways children learn through play.
Little One allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Children develop new competencies that lead to enhanced confidence and resiliency they will need to face future challenges.
Following are some of the Little One activities for children which help them learn through play:
- Sand Play – Sand play is a fantastic opportunity for developing self-confidence while ensuring physical development. The young ones learn by scooping, digging, pouring and sifting. They get to know how things work while building their muscles and coordination.
- Water Play – Water play enables children to experiment in a safe environment with basic concepts such as volume. It also develops hand-eye coordination and physical strength.
- PlayDough – The use of play dough strengthens fingers. It also enhances motor skills, creativity, and hand-eye coordination.
- Dress-Up and Role Play – Dressing-up helps children make sense of the adult world. It also boosts their social interaction capabilities.
- Drawing and Painting – With paint and drawing tools, children experience and interpret the world around in a sensory way and develop self-expression as well as pre-writing skills. Furthermore, they can learn about colours as well as mixing of different colours.
- Blocks, Jigsaws and Shape Sorters – This activity helps toddlers with spatial thinking, logical reasoning, ordering, and recognising various shapes, sizes, and colours.
- Music, Dancing, and Singing – Singing and music help develop language in the little ones, forming the basis of literacy skills. Children begin to develop rhythm and also refine their listening skills. Dancing helps children develop strength, coordination and flexibility.
Challenges for Play Based Learning
- Planning play based learning – Teachers must plan for the sessions, and be involved in children’s play activities if they are to create an effective play-based curriculum. Educators need to take initiative to understand how to support and interpret children’s learning in play activities. They also have to ensure that the activities are planned and implemented keeping in mind the best interests of the child, with the planning reflecting the intended learning outcomes.
- Advocating for Play – There are quite of few members of current society who struggle to notice the importance of learning through play. Many parents often get furious at the amount of play and lack of structured activities within the classroom setting. They are not able to comprehend the value of play.
In spite of facing the above challenges, we at Little One focus on learning through play. It is an important aspect of modern teaching practices. In early childhood years, play is the fundamental tool for effective teaching and learning. Play creates confidence in children, inspires creativity and develops cognitive, critical thinking and motor skills in children.