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What is learning through play?

It is through play that children learn about the world and people around them, and about themselves.

Young children learn in a very different way to adults. Children develop skills through play; for example, how babies learn to crawl or walk.

No-one teaches them they learn by discovery, by trying different things. They are driven and curious to explore by themselves.

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Play is Fun!

This makes it an important way for a child to learn as a child is more likely to continue to do something if it is fun.

If while you are learning you are also having fun, you’ll probably want to learn more and also feel good about yourself while learning.

Through play a child learns to do new things

A young child develops many different abilities through play. It also provides space and time for creativity and imagination to grow, as well as giving a child a sense of adventure.

Every play activity encourages the development of skills, whether it is structured with resources, or free play with imagination and home-made objects.

Through play, they can learn essential skills such as problem solving, working with others, sharing and much more.

Play is active and not passive

Through play children are actively encouraged to learn as they are participating rather than merely watching, for example when they are being taught something by someone else.

In engaging with one another they also establish some “rules”, for example when playing a game or choosing who is the leader.

In this way they are learning valuable skills in areas such as negotiation, conflict resolution, teamwork and organisation, for example.

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