Play-based learning is a type of early childhood education based on child-led and open-ended play. It seamlessly interweaves learning through playful activities making learning not feel like a chore at all.
Here are top 7 benefits of play-based learning we bet you didn’t know!
Play based learning is flexible. It can be adapted to different environments and use cases, so you don’t have to worry about making it in a one size fits all format. This makes it ideal for use in schools, homeschooling programs, summer camps, homes - or anywhere else where you have some kind of space available!
The props used in play based learning are adaptable. You can use any toy or object that your child enjoys playing with; whether it's an old bike or wooden blocks (or even sticks) will work just fine! This allows children full freedom over their own interests while still giving them access to explore new possibilities.
Play based learning is economical. You don’t need to be in a classroom with other students, or an expensive rental of space or equipment. Simple, daily objects can come to your aid as props for play-based learning. The investment is low but the return on investment (read, child’s development and happiness) is astronomical.
3. Self Discovery:
Play is a way of exploring the world through one’s own natural instinct. It is a way for children to experiment with ideas, concepts and new things. Through play, children can discover new ways of making sense of the world around them and learn about themselves as well as others. Play encourages creativity in learning because it invites children to use their imaginations so that they may come up with solutions for problems or situations they encounter while playing.
4. Fun ( Naturally!)
Play is a fun way to learn, and it helps kids develop their physical and emotional wellbeing. In addition to the obvious benefits of play (like reducing stress), play brings them immense happiness, calm and releases the much needed dopamine.
5. Peer-based Socialization:
Play is a socially inclusive activity. Your child will be exposed to new people, places and things in their environment when they plays. This helps them learn about others' habits, likes/dislikes, cultures as well as become aware of their own. It teaches problem-solving skills and team building. Kids who play with others have opportunities for role reversal where one person takes on leadership roles while the others follow along with activities like building blocks or playing games together! This can help kids learn how best solve problems without feeling pressured into doing what everyone else wants them too.
6. Love of Learning
Play is a more effective way to learn. At its most basic level, play allows children to develop their love of learning by giving them the chance to explore and experiment with new ideas and materials. Play leads to a lifetime love of learning that can never be replaced with anything else, even in adulthood (which might be why adults always seem to find new ways to use play).
7. Lateral Thinking:
Play also helps kids develop their problem solving skills by encouraging them not only to test out hypotheses but also come up with solutions themselves. For example, if you're given an assignment where you have been asked "to solve this problem," but don't know how or where such an answer could be found—you'll need some creative thinking! Play also teaches children how to think critically by encouraging them to consider different perspectives on an issue when solving problems together in games or other activities like art projects where there are no right answers but rather multiple possibilities available.
Play has been shown time and time again as the best way for children to learn because they do not have any preconceived notions about what should happen during their sessions or how they should behave as learners; instead, they are open-minded and ready for anything new or unexpected that comes their way.
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