Play is a powerful learning tool for children that promotes agency and aid development of fundamental social, emotional, cognitive and problem solving skills. Learn more about how to use play for early learning at home!
Heuristic play is when babies and toddlers use real world objects, such as wooden spoons, containers, pots and pegs in their play to explore the properties of the objects. Is the object heavy or light? Does it make a sound? What is the texture?
Exposure to nature is essential for children’s health, development and establishing a commitment to conservation. Children who feel connected to the natural world are more likely to preserve and care for it.
As children play they explore patterns and overtime are able to add, subtract and divide when given concrete items. Young children understand sharing and will often be able to share items between siblings or friends.
Play is a child’s way of engaging and making sense of the world. Role play may appear to be a very simple activity, yet within it, young children learn practical life skills such as dressing themselves, how to cooperate and share with others.
Science education activities provide children with opportunities to develop and practice many different skills and attributes. These include communication skills, collaborative skills, team working and perseverance.