Encouraging Play Based Learning At Home
Play is a word not traditionally associated with learning, but research today shows that play based learning enhances a kids' educational growth in social, physical, emotional, and cognitive ways.
This short guide will explain play based learning at home and ways to encourage education while having fun.
What is play based learning?
Play based learning is a tool for early childhood education consisting of open-ended and child lead play. It has been shown to help children develop their social skills and increase the motivation to learn while improving language and numeric skills.
During this time, kids take the initiative and encourage their curiosity about the world. That curiosity and ambition engage all senses of a child, directly impacting social and cognitive development encouraging experimentation, problem-solving, and of course, enjoyment.
The idea is that children will remember and understand things they enjoyed and participated in better than something they simply watched or were told. Through that participation, they learn.
What are the benefits of play-based learning?
Kids learn best when they are actively involved in hands-on activities and experiences, and during play, kids explore their environment and the things around them. According to the American Academy for Paediatrics, playtime is essential for supporting children's cognitive, physical, social, creative, and emotional development.
Since children are naturally curious, play-based learning is an easy thing that you can introduce at home. Through play-based learning, kids can learn by exploring new ideas and language, manipulating objects, acting out adult roles, expressing themselves through arts, or experimenting with STEM and Montessori products.
Replacing a little TV or video game time with some fun educational activities is a simple action that will have a big impact.
What are some fun play based learning activities?
You can take many courses of action to incorporate play based learning into your child's daily routine at home. Some popular activities and learning examples are:
- Recreating city architecture with lego building blocks
- Putting together a volcano experiment set
- Designing a DIY robot or race car kit
- Arts & crafts
- Playing board games with dice
- Enjoying a game of cards
There are so many activities that encourage kids to have fun and learn while at home.
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How to encourage play-based learning at home?
Play comes naturally to children, but there are ways to encourage and cultivate educational playing at home. We can create environments where they have the freedom to be curious, creative, and imaginative with access to safe learning spaces and fun educational activities without distraction.
To encourage educative play at home, remember to:
- Ask questions and encourage critical thinking/planning. (What are you doing? Why? What's going to happen next?).
- Follow the child's interests.
- Focus on the process (and not on completion).