what is play based learning?
Though play, children develop a variety of complex foundation skills that foster active inquiry and growth. They can test out theories, ideas, explore language and make connections while strengthening their motor skills, refining their spatial awareness, exercising their means of critical thinking, using their imagination, leading, innovating, cooperating and compromising with others and developing friendships.
why is it so important?
Remember how naturally play came to you as a child? You were saving lives. You were building cities and planes and families. You were capable of everything. You wanted to know everything. You could be and do anything. Life and its intricacies were a making of your perception. You were learning how to be you.
Despite the benefits and evidence, there are still misconceptions surrounding play in relation to learning. Competitive education habits have caused a deterioration of children’s play starting as early as infancy. Adults must work to remain with the children in the now, engaging in the present, but being mindful when to "take a step back," as understanding when to intervene While anticipation is wonderful, we often look at the future as a tool for evaluation and assessment rather than hopeful expectation as children do. As adults, it is our responsibility to work to maintain a steady pace, not rushing as we continue to ask ourselves, what happens when you allow children to play longer? And, how can we support and extend children’s play?