Children Learn Through Play

sanjay chauhan By sanjay chauhan, 15th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We don't need to push children or cram information into their heads. We just need to ensure they have the opportunities to explore knowledge for themselves. We can expose them to a rich environment and then allow them to explore it freely. By playing, a child can take in what she is ready for. She will be less likely to resist learning and will find the excitement of discovering her own place in the world.

Children Learn Through Play (children develop)

Babies Learn Through Play
Experience Teaches Babies About Their World

Have you ever watched a baby in a highchair drop a toy and watch it fall to the floor?

Probably the first time she dropped it was an accident, but she will repeat the experience. After you retrieve the dropped toy she will quickly throw it down again, cry for you to get it and then throw it down again. The game will go on for as long as you have patience for it, but baby won't soon give up. She is fascinated! Gravity exists!

As she grows, her curiosity will move on to other things, but the basic pattern will continue. Your growing child needs to experience things for herself in order for her to truly understand them. She does this by playing.

How We Learn Best

It turns out that our brains can process information better when we learn with fun and positive emotions. Good teachers have known this all along because they see the results when their students get excited about a new idea and have fun with it. Teachers see the opposite as well when a class of bored students experience more frustration than success. This isn't to say that all learning comes without some effort and even struggle, but we are most motivated and can learn concepts most quickly and make them our own when we learn them in a positive playful manner.

If this is true for adults, it is even more true for children.
Play Is How a Child Explores the World and Its Possibilities
Trying Out Roles

Play Helps Children Discover Who They Are

Imaginative play gives a child the opportunity to problem solve and to figure out what his place is in the world. In this type of play, a child tries out what it would feel like to be a Dad, or a firefighter, or a super hero. He is developing his ability to understand another person's viewpoint. He is learning to face what he is afraid of as well as explore what he is interested in. Playing doctor allows a child to work out fears of visiting a doctor in real life. It also allows him to imitate things he has seen another do.

Play Is How We Learn to Negotiate and Get Along with Others

Kids learn how to cooperate when they play with other kids with different ideas from their own. They learn how to negotiate, and how to get along with others. During play a child can practice vocabulary she wouldn't have a chance to use in her ordinary speech. She learns to solve problems that arise in working together with other children. When negotiating with other children in play, she learns what words work and what words don't.
Manipulating Objects as a Way to Understand Underlying Concepts

Water and Sand Play

When children get the opportunity to play in water and sand, they have an easier time understanding the concepts of volume and fractions when they are introduced to them in elementary school. They can draw on years of experience of filling buckets and dumping them out. If they have had measuring cups and spoons to play with, they will know from experience that two half cups will fit into one whole cup. Formal math makes so much more sense when a child has spent years organizing and rearranging things in her world!

Play Dough

Playing with play dough is another way to learn spatial concepts. You and your child can form shapes with the dough. You can roll snakes and form them into numbers and letters. The tactile feel of it gives you another sense with which to process information. Play dough is also a way to release tension.


Building with blocks aids with spatial understanding and introduces geometric shapes. Children can build their towers high or they can lay them horizontally. The same number of blocks can take many different shapes and still remain the same number. How much more sense geometry will make when a child has learned about perimeters and volume in this concrete way over and over again without even hearing the words spoken?

Pretend Using Money

When children play "store" or "bank," they learn how we use numbers and money in our everyday lives. They practice how they've seen their parents deal with money.

Board Games and Puzzles

Board games and puzzles help a child with problem solving and turn taking. As they progress around a board, children develop one-to-one correspondence and perfect their counting skills.


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author avatar sanjay chauhan
my name is sanjay.
I grew up in Gujarat (India) in small town in poor family, I was decided to earn money help family ,I join my dream job in hindalco (India).
after I came Dubai got great job.

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author avatar Retired
15th Dec 2014 (#)

Yes you're right. It's always good to keep children occupied with different toys so they learn.

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author avatar sanjay chauhan
16th Dec 2014 (#)

ya we have to motivate them through play must teach them what is good or not good while play

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