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What is Play?

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

This is the power of play!

Picture a world where dragons roam free, fairies flutter, and castles rise from clouds. Through play, our children transform into fearless knights, noble queens, and daring astronauts, they venture into uncharted territories, and paint their dreams in vibrant hues.

But we must not forget ...

Play is not merely child's play; it is a remarkable cognitive phenomenon backed by robust scientific research. From neuroscientists to child psychologists, experts have unravelled the profound impact of play on a child's brain development.

It's the spontaneous, joyful activity that engages children's imagination and creativity. Through play, children interact with their environment, experiment with ideas, and build social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills.

Play creates a safe space for trying new things, making mistakes, and gaining insights. It's a dynamic process that lays the foundation for lifelong skills and knowledge.

We all have a mental image of what learning looks like

Take a moment, close your eyes and recognise, acknowledge and become aware of what you see as ‘learning’ for children.

We asked some grown-ups and many responses included:

"Learning is writing, reading, counting, and sitting at a desk listening to the teacher".

So often, we see learning as teaching children about numbers, colours, letters, and shapes, but we would like to shed some light on learning through play.

The following was created to showcase the ‘responsibilities’ a child has when playing, (whispering) … it’s not a real vacancy!

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