This this week we asked one of our Pre-Primary teachers what they thought about play in early childhood. Here’s what Kaylee Mason had to say…
Educators and researchers alike have found strong evidence that shows the many benefits of play-based learning.
Play encourages children to develop strong language skills; apply skills in real-life situations and fosters the ability to think creatively and problem solve. Play also promotes risk taking and self-regulation which sets children up for a successful future at school and beyond, into adulthood.
Children learn at different rates and have different learning styles so providing them with toys and experiences that accommodate this makes the play a more meaningful experience.
As an early childhood educator, play is highly valued and fostered within my classroom to account for the different needs of each individual child as well as setting them up with important skills to be successful life-long learners.
The National Quality Standards for Early Childhood are being implemented in schools and day-cares nationwide and the message is clear- play is an important and valued part of learning in and out of the school environment.
Pre-Primary Teacher | P.W. Primary School
These toys (or similar) can be found in Kaylee’s classroom:
Letter Basics help children improve children’s handwriting skills and fine motor skills in a fun and developmentally appropriate way. This wipe clean guide is used with play dough where children are encouraged to make ‘snakes’ and shape them into numbers and shapes.
Asking the child to pinch the play dough into shapes using the ‘pincer grip’ helps develop fine motor skills required for all sorts of everyday tasks including handwriting.
Maths aids are commonly seen in the classroom and give children the opportunity to learn with a ‘hand’s on approach’. We must remember that young children are sensory learners and will therefore will understand and develop concepts when taught in a way where they can use multiple senses (see, feel, hear, taste and smell).
This Numbers Stair helps children to learn and understand colours, shapes, stacking (fine motor skills), matching, counting, patterns, addition and subtraction, language and vocabulary including comparative words such as bigger/smaller, shorter/taller, more/less.
1. Build, imagine and create
2. Learn concepts such as balance, gravity and symmetry
3. Develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Learning through play is extremely important in early childhood and Little Wooden Toybox is dedicated to providing quality educational toys and resources to families and schools across Australia.
Are you ready to provide a fun, learning through play environment in your home or classroom? If yes, shop with us now!