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Children learn science in nature play long before they get to school classrooms and labs

New research demonstrates the many aspects of nature play that make it a great way for young children to gain STEM knowledge.
Adults sometimes trivialize play when we say children are ‘just playing’ or when we use play as a reward for when the so-called ‘real work’ is done.

Let the children play: 4 reasons why play is vital during the coronavirus

P.L.A.Y.: An acronym to remind you why letting children play is a responsible and critical way to support children’s development through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the next few weeks, many preschoolers will meet their foundation teachers, spend some time in a classroom and hopefully make some new friends. from shutterstock.com

Children learn through play – it shouldn’t stop at preschool

One-quarter of children who start school aren’t developmentally ready. Play-based learning in the early years of school can help with the transition, as well as providing a host of other benefits.
Research shows play-based programs for young children can provide a strong basis for later success at school. Shutterstock

Play-based learning can set your child up for success at school and beyond

Research shows play-based learning programs enhance children’s learning outcomes and teaches them skills relevant to the 21st century, such as problem-solving and creativity.
Whether kids play pickup sports or organized sports may have varying effects on their development. Tony Baldasaro/Flickr

Can youth sports foster creativity? It depends

Youth sports are viewed as a rite of passage in a child’s development. If the clichés that permeate sports broadcasts and locker room speeches are to be believed, sports participation teaches children…
School, or more play? Kindergarden kids by Robert Kneschke/Shutterstock

Hard Evidence: at what age are children ready for school?

When are children “ready” for school? There is much debate about when the transition between play-based pre-school and the start of “formal” schooling should begin. The trend in the UK primary school curriculum…
Play-based learning is just that: learning through play instead of school. TheItchyEyes

Should we just let them play?

Anyone who’s ever watched a toddler play with water and different-sized containers has seen play-based learning in action. A child will fill up a big container and tip the water into smaller ones, watching…

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