Learning through play: A review of the evidence

The white paper first considers what it takes to thrive in a 21st century context, before defining learning in a broad sense: both as a deep understanding of content and as learning-to-learn skills that build on children’s natural affinity to learn and engage with their world from birth. We then draw on the science of effective learning, rigorous play research and neuroscience to explore the potential of playful experiences for promoting deeper learning and a breadth of skills. We outline what evidence is known, what gaps exist, and propose future directions for research.