For children, learning is a natural result of play – the more varied, the better. As an adult, offering opportunities for different types of play not only cultivates a breadth of skills, it also keeps children more engaged.
Below you can find inspirational tips for using different types of play to support development and learning in any environment – based on evidence from various disciplines.
While free or unstructured play is great for developing skills and well-being, research suggests that balancing free and guided play is even more beneficial. As an adult, you can help by demonstrating particular activities and explaining their goals. The overall aim is to provide a guiding framework, while allowing the child to make their own choices of what to do and how to do it – ensuring the activity is both enjoyable and meaningful.