I’ve been learning that there is much research to prove that kids learn through play, and they’re not the only ones.
The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered.Jean Piaget
When you’re having fun, you’re more relaxed. When you’re more relaxed you are more open to and capable of learning. Sometimes, we learn while having fun and don’t realize until we need that knowledge later. While you can learn something new everyday, that doesn’t mean you will, and that’s not a bad thing. However, to learn through play, you have to plan your fun time intentionally & it’s not as hard as it sounds.
“also known as goal-oriented play, generally involves using logic to solve problems, while unstructured play, or free play is creative and open-ended. Observing how a child learns best, and enriching their life with quality playtime that involves both logic and creative thinking, will foster traits that encourage lifelong learning – a valuable skill for any person”Playground Centre
Some examples of structured play are:
- Treasure Hunts
- Volcano Science Experiments
- Building Terrariums
- Creating Custom Puppets
- Crafting Friendship Bracelets
- Cooking & Baking
The goal of structured play is for there to be a goal (finding the treasure) & a lesson (how to interpret clues). Structured Play shouldn’t feel overwhelming like either side, it should be an even balance between structure & play.
It’s important to note that unstructured play, a.k.a. free play, is just as important as its counterpart. Unstructured play allows to be creative while we improvise on the spot. Think recess on the playground, the only rules of play should be the ones the child(ren) make up on the spot. That being said, the more options children have the more opportunities they have to express themselves fully, and have fun the way they want to.
“If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society”Jean Piaget