Learning through Play

It is well documented that one of the best ways for children to learn and develop is through play. Indeed it is play that underpins the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), the framework used for learning and development for children ranging from birth to five years.

Through play, children develop a range of skills from language, intellect, movement and emotional skills to muscle strength, creativity, social skills and coordination. Play involves exploration, use of imagination, risk taking, problem solving and with repetition, practice of skills learned.

By offering a range of activities you can introduce your child to concepts such as shape, size, colour, weight, cause and effect, temperature, rhythm, texture, and smell. When choosing activities with your little one try to think about making their experiences as sensory as possible; children explore, understand and learn about the world through their senses of sight, smell, taste, sound and touch.

Helping your child to learn through play doesn't need to cost a fortune. It is really easy to make the most of things around you to engage your child in low cost activities which will stimulate their learning, whilst offering hours of fun and delight.

Below is a list of ideas to get you started. Children are not passive learners and need hands-on activities to learn best. Although many of these suggestions can be baby led, adult supervision and guidance is important throughout. Never leave your baby unattended whilst carrying out any of the following activities, due to choking risk or risk of harm.
Of course, learning and play are also supported by the old favourites, so don't forget to do lots of other playful activities including:
  • Reading stories together
  • Singing rhymes
  • Listening to music
  • Laughing whilst singing action songs
  • Looking at picture books and talking about what you can see
  • Dancing to your favourite tunes
  • Why not make up your own story, make a puppet show or play peekaboo with a pair of odd socks. Hiding cuddly teddies behind an upturned table works just as well!
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