Learning through play incorporates the three most critical elements that make humans “human”: the brain, the hands and the heart.
Learning through play incorporates the three most critical elements that make humans “human”: the brain, the hands and the heart. Through play, humans acquire, modify and/or reinforce existing theories, behaviors, skills, values or preferences. Learning through play means recognizing that learning is a process and not a product. It also means recognizing play as vehicle and a catalyst for concrete experimentation, discovery and demonstration, in addition to enjoyment and satisfaction.
Learning through play is FUNdamental not only during the early years of development, where we commonly accept play as a key element for learning, but for people of all ages. “Play is not only the brain’s favorite way of learning” but “almost all creativity involves purposeful play”. The needs of today’s world requires people able to find creative solutions to everyday problems, with a strong sense of self efficacy and resiliency to overcome challenges, the capacity for empathy or “feeling with people”, the belief they can contribute to their own wellbeing as well as those around them, the capacity to work with others, reach agreements, collaborate. These skills are an intrinsic part of play and thus, without play, we can’t develop the skills the world needs today.