Talking to a puppet, as opposed to a person, makes the conversation feel less personal. It's sometimes used in therapy to help the child feel less self-conscious and open up.
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.
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.
Some of the richest learning experiences can be disguised as exploration and adventure.
Your children can have a rich experience, seeing different parts of the world and understanding other cultures. And there are several things you can do to support their learning.
Over the next few weeks, many preschoolers will meet their foundation teachers, spend some time in a classroom and hopefully make some new friends.
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.
Playing in nature improves children’s learning, social and emotional skills.
Children need to play and discover the world for themselves without too much restriction. Here are some ways we can enhance children's opportunities to do this.
It takes effort and imagination, but the benefits are many.
Being outside helps kids learn. Here are some ways to get them to spend more time in nature.
By the time children are five, they should show preference for a particular hand and be able to work with others.
Children aged three to five don't need to do formal academic assignments in early childhood education to hit their milestones.
Research shows play-based programs for young children can provide a strong basis for later success at school.
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.
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Playfulness is frowned upon in secondary school. It shouldn't be.
Whether kids play pickup sports or organized sports may have varying effects on their development.
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
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.
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…