Designing playful learning spaces for babies and toddlers. (2022)

Creating engaging , welcoming and playful learning spaces for babies and toddlers is just as important as setting up environmentsfor older children. However, I know that sometimes this is easier said than done and educators can struggle to find the right balance between offering an environment that is developmentally appropriate and yet still allows for both security and basic caregiving needs to be met alongside the freedom of exploration as they challenge and extend upon new skills.

Why is designing a playful learning space for babies and toddlersso important?

We knowthat babiesand toddlers tend to learn and adapt best in environments where they can formsecure, trusting relationships with caring and responsive adults, where they always feel safe and a sense of belonging. It can be challenging to work and plan for thisage group as they require close supervision, positive guidance and stimulating experiences while they feel their way through a period of very rapid growth and change.

Anyone who has spent time with this age group will know how easy it can be to feel overwhelmed with the constant cycle of just meeting basic comfort needs like nappy changes, feeding, bottles, naps and sleep times and yet there is alsopressure to include additional ‘learning' activities and experiences. Instead of trying to ‘do more' and ‘program more' though why not first focus on the actual environment – the ‘bones' of the spaces baby and toddler will spend the majority of their time while in care.

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A well thought out and set up room can actually make things easier from the start by incorporating both the necessities and needs of daily care and security as well as providing the flexibility and freedom this age group needs to explore and build upon emerging developmental skills.

This age group does not need a program template filled with new and different creative activities every day – they just need an environment that supports their unique needs and provides the security of regular educators they can connect and bond with. The learning will follow so I encourage educators working with babies and toddlersnot to get so stressed about planning the perfect activities while also trying to fit in the endless cycle of nappies, sleeps, feeds and vomits!

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This age needs to be approached a little differently– especially if you are used to planning and creating spaces for 2.5 years up but it can also be so rewarding as you get to nurture and guide those first learning steps and watch little personalities emerging.

Yes there will be the time you walk into the cot room and there is a lovely drawing on the wall in poo or you will find yourself always needing a second shirt changeafter lunch because the sick smell you thought was following you IS you. And there will be days where everyone just seems to want to cry (including you) and the paint activity you lovingly prepped ends up in the toddler potty as you change yet another nappy….but there will be wonderful, special moments too and you can take a lot of the pressure off just by putting a little thought into how you can set up the best possible environment to meet both the baby and toddler needs as well as the adults!

To help get you thinking about your own environment I'm sharing some simple strategies and ideas to consider as well as loads of visual inspiration from real educators just like you! Remember that everyone is different though with access to different budgets, resources, service types and space so don't feel you have to recreate the spaces throughout this article, just take an idea or element here and there that you would like to embrace or use. Small steps help make change….


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First Steps – Essentials to consider in a Baby/Toddler Environment

Environments can affect the behaviour of both the child and the educator so it is important to put a little time in at the beginning of each month or week to assess current developmental needs, stages, verbal and non verbal cues,new children, relationships and space …then make changes as needed. This will make things a whole lot easier as you progress and also provide opportunities for ongoing reflection and planning.

Before you convince yourself this is all going to be to difficult though let's take a quick look at some of the absolute essentials Ibelieve you shouldconsider and reflect upon when thinking about setting up spaces for this age group.

  • Are you approaching the space with the possibility of it becoming the ‘third teacher' rather than just a place to change nappies, feed and sleep?

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  • Take a close look at the current furniture being used – is it safe and hygienic as well as welcoming?
  • Is there plenty of open space for baby to roll around, pull to stand, cruise or practice first steps? Think about ages and stages currently occupying this space whether in a family day care or centre environment.

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  • Is there the security of familiar and regular educators, furnishings and also simple activities that support and encourage confidence, trust and a willingness to explore and learn?

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  • Are there safe yet interesting spaces set up around the room that allow for different ages and stages to explore, try out ideas and actions on their own? Have toys and materials been provided that allow for open ended play, discovery and learning?

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  • Is there a good selection of resources set up throughout the room for baby and toddlerto make their own choices and decide how they will explore and play with those tools rather than an excess of toys that have a ‘right way' to play or be used?

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  • Are toys and other activity resources displayed so they are easily accessed by the different age groups yet not to crowded or overstimulating?

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  • Do educators incorporate and reflect an understanding of family and community culture into theenvironment in various ways to help children feel a sense of connection and belonging to the space?

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  • Have educator needs also been considered?Are spaces and furniture incorporated that support these needs as working with babies and young toddlers can be particularly draining and challenging on the body and mind! Consider availability of comfortable adult sized chairs for feeding, lockers or high shelf spaces for personal items, spaces to take a quick breather, steps for toddlers to walk up for change table time to save back muscles, efficient food and bottle warming equipment.
  • When educators feel their personal wellbeing and sense of belonging is being considered and supported this has a flow on positive effectand benefit on the babies and toddlers in their care.

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(Video) Creating Playful Learning Spaces

Action Steps to help you design playful learning spaces for baby and toddler.

When thinking about creating new spaces for babies and toddlers or reinvigorating current learning areas reflecting upon the following considerations will help you to identify where you might need to start and the materials and resources you need to make it happen. Remember that the process is ongoing so you can take small steps towards a big change – there is no need to let it overwhelm you.

  • Take regular observations of children currently in care to gain a through understanding of their likes, dislikes, individual needs, strengths, developmental requirements and family culture.

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  • Get down on the floor regularly to view the learning environment from the perspective of a baby and toddler because you might be surprised at what you discover. Often we create a space that we feel is meeting needs and yet when we put ourselves in the children's shoes it's a different story!

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  • If you work with other team members discuss wellbeing requirements, needs and wishlists.
  • Think about storage and how to incorporate different textures, smells, home comforts, nature and soft furnishings alongside hygiene requirements and essential nurturing spaces.

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  • Consider lighting and explore alternatives to harsh brightlights that can overstimulate. Perhaps incorporate lamps, downlights, lampshades or material draped to soften where possible.

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  • Is there always music playing in the background that has become simply ‘noise'? Music is a wonderful addition to play spaces but consider how it is adding to atmosphere and being used. It can become an annoying drone that just adds to overstimulation if always on with no real purpose.
  • Is there a toy rotation system in place so the room isn't crowded with the same toys and activities week after week leading to boredom, frustration and other challenging behaviours?

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  • Are changing developmental needs being observed and taken into consideration at the end of each week before planning ahead?

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  • Is there space to move around and greet families and children as they come into care and transition?

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  • Arethe nappy changing and toilet training spaces well thought out with roomto store items and individual belongings safely and hygienically while maintaining a home like environment rather than a sterile hospital change room atmosphere? Is the space setup to be used as another areato encourage learning and trust rather than just meeting basic physical needs?

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  • Is there provision for quiet spaces as well as active spaces? Are children able to retreat somewhere safe if sensory overload becomes an issue or privacy is required or alternatively get active and noisy?

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  • Is display used throughout the environment respectfully to share children's work and progress with family while also helping to provide a sense of connection for baby and toddler? Are there displays, images, special objects and homely touchesplaced often at the children's level to help reinforce that they are welcome and part of this space?

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  • Is the environment (and the educators)flexible enough to allow for the differences between fast changing skills, interests, and characteristics? Are there safe spaces for babies not yetmoving but more challenging spaces for older babies and toddlers to explore?

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  • Is there an overuse of bright colours, images and display that might be overwhelming every day? Neutral paint colours and furnishings often provide a calmer atmosphere and help create a warm homelike feel that promotes a sense of security and confidence.

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  • Are separate areas within the learning space set up to embrace different requirements such as quieter spaces near the cot room, creative and messy spaces near the change or toileting area, feeding and eating spaces for both babies and more independent toddlers close together (especially useful when educators are trying to simultaneously bottle feed a baby while also spooning in mashed vegies to a tired toddler!)

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Getting Started with Learning Spaces – Simple Ideas to try

I love to incorporate smaller individual areas within a room to provide plenty of opportunities for different learning experiences and exploration. It also helps keep boredom and frustration at bay and supports young children to challenge, experiment and problem solve.

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However, although designing smaller spaces to encourage play and learning in different ways is usually helpful it is important to keep in mindthat you aren't seeking to contain the play to just those designated areas – children should be encouraged to freely move materials and resources from one area to another and use them in their play in different ways so they feel a sense of ownership and in charge of their own learning. We want to provide an environment that supports them to experiment, challenge, problem solve, communicate, explore ideas, make sense of their world and create withdifferent materials.

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It is important that educators have a good understanding of the children's ages and needs interacting in the learning space at all times because this should determine how to break up the environment and if there actually needs to be more open learning space due to younger babies in care. It should be ever evolving as long as the basics we discussed above are already in place to form the ‘bones' of the learning area. There are no rules as to whether creating smaller areas works better or not – my best advice is to give it a try, get creative after observing the needs of the children currently in your care and see what works and what doesn't.

This is where simple back to basics programming and planning comes in. Use observation and regular reflection to identify needs and goals and think about how you can plan for this usingthe playful environment and third teacher perspective rather than just what ‘activities' or learning outcomes you can tick off.

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Not sure what spaces to try and create within the larger environment? Go back to the questions above and work your way through the First Steps and Action Steps this time writing down your answers.Think about what you have discovered through your answers then get started designing and creating the play space with a few of the easy ideas below…

Soft, Cozy, Comforting Spacesfor those that need alone time, privacy or time to process sensory overload. Think floor cushions, blankets, rugs, draped material to form enclosed safe spaces. This area can also incorporate or align closely with a book nook and language area.

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Gross motor/climbing/physically challenging spaces with various loose parts, stairs, wooden cubes for climbing through and over, ladders, platforms, uneven surfaces, texture, tunnels…

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Spacefor Younger Infantsset up with different materials to grasp, kick and reach for while still providing enough space to roll around. Keep it simple – no need for expensive toys, get creative with material scraps, scrunched paper, recycled materials, repurposed furniture to create hanging spaces.

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Mirror and Reflection Spacesdown low to explore faces, expressions and self. Displays and images on the floor and bottom half of walls for younger babies.

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Sensory Spaces for children to explore different natural materials, sounds and smells. Provide simple tools to make music with, resources to sniff and explore with little noses, baskets filled with different textures and tools that can be taken out and investigated using all of the senses.

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Noisy Construction Area – A place to store building materials, loose parts to add to the play, trucks, cars, wooden blocks, larger natural materials and recycled items. Needs plenty of space to allow the spread of construction and thought processes as they create and experiment.

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Dramatic Play Areas – Keeping it low and simple using real tools as props, familiar materials from home and real dress ups from the op shops encourages role play, language skills and imagination. It is also an area that will often keep the toddlers busy and happy doing their own thing while you attend to younger babies needs.

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(Video) Early Learning Toolkit: Playful Learning

Messy Creative Play Area – Somewhere they can make mess, get busy creating, and express themselves freely using the materials you have provided. To be honest I prefer to set up messy play experiences for babies and toddlers outside because it allows the children to go back and forth between activities and play as they need to (remember they have shorter attention spans but just because they only paint for 2 minutes doesn't mean they won't want to come back another 3 times before you pack away!)

It's also less stressful for educators as you don't need to worry about the mess going everywhere inside and it's a whole lot easier to clean up and pack away while colourful hands are leaving prints on your backside! You want to encourage them to explore and get messy, not try and control every step of the experience.

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Feeding and Sleep/Rest Spacesconsider supervision, ease of access, comfort, safety, hygiene, individual differences in routine, creating a sense of belonging, familiarity and home.

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Spaces for Adults – Areas that welcome and support both parents and educators wellbeing. Easy to access educator resourcesfor on the go documentation, reflection and handovers.

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Storage Spaces – Consider options that make access, storage and pack up easy for both educators and the children. Use open shelving and keep toys and other materials in single rows with space arranged between so little hands can easily grab what they need and also see at a glance what is available. If you try and pack to much onto a shelf or into a basket it makes it difficult for a young child to make a choice and connect together the items they need.

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Having set places and storage baskets/containers along with simple picture labels can also help with speedy clean ups and encourages toddlers to take part in helping look after their environment and feel useful as they take small steps to help clean up after themselves. Clear containers and shallow baskets also allow for easy access and a way to store smaller items that might need to be placed out of reach on certain days.

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Creating different spaces and learning environmentsfor babies and toddlers can seem overwhelming when you are not sure where or how to start but it can also be a fun creative process that in the long run will help busy educators to save time, write less, extend upon understandingof developmentally appropriate practice and and most importantly provide a safe, welcoming, challenging, nurturing and creative play space for the important little people sharing the environment with you!

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Keep an eye out for the next post in this Baby and Toddler Play Series where I'll be sharing lots of simple, cost effective ideas for incorporating play materials loose parts and engaging activities into the learning environment. I will help you to think outside the box a little, ditch the plastic ‘only one way to play' overpriced resources and toys and make the most of what you probably already have!

Working with a baby and toddler age group doesn't need to feel like all you do is change nappies, feed endless mouths, settle to sleep and comfort – these things are very important but it's not your entire role so what steps are you going to take this week to make a few changes and find that missing work mojo again?


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FAQs

Why is playful learning environment important for learners? ›

These types of student-centered, playful learning experiences are an essential component to leapfrogging in education because, without them, young people will not be able to develop the full breadth of competencies and skills they need to thrive in a fast-changing world.

What should be in the play environment for infants and toddlers? ›

The infant/ toddler framework proposes the following play spaces to consider for an infant/toddler program:
  • A cozy area for books and stories.
  • A small-muscle area.
  • A sensory perception area.
  • An active movement area.
  • A creative expression area.
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How can educators create an effective play environment for children in your care? ›

Small spaces allow for quiet, small group play and individual play. Large, open spaces encourage large muscle, loud play. ✓ How you choose and display resources will define how the children play with and use them. Choose resources that are flexible and allow open - ended experiences for children.

What role does play have in creating effective learning environment? ›

Play supports, stimulates and motivates children to develop a variety of skills. Children use all of their senses during play, they learn to convey their opinions and emotions, discover their environment, and connect their pre-existing knowledge with new knowledge, skills and abilities.

What are the benefits of playful project based learning? ›

Project based learning activities allow students to develop deep content knowledge. Importantly, PBL also supports development of 21 st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication.

How would you design the best environment in which to raise an infant? ›

Arrange the room into areas that support different kinds of exploration. You can organize spaces for infants and toddlers that support a variety of exploration and routines. For health and safety reasons, it is important that areas for eating, food preparation, sleeping, and diapering are separate from play areas.

What are the things you need to consider in designing your classroom for toddlers? ›

6 Inspiring Tips From Preschoolers On How To Design Classrooms
  • Bring outdoor environment indoors. Let the environment outside flow into the classrooms, without any barriers in between. ...
  • Create a space to relax and wind down. Add plenty of softs things to the learning space to make it comfortable. ...
  • Integrate technology.
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Why are play spaces important? ›

So play spaces have to be places where children can dawdle and daydream and also be motivated to shriek and run about! They are places for children to make contact with nature, with peers and with the community; places to take on risks and face challenges but also to maintain a sense of equilibrium.

What is playful learning and teaching? ›

Playful learning describes a learning context in which children learn content while playing freely (free play or self-directed play), with teacher guidance (guided play), or in a structured game.

Why is it important for teachers to provide learners an environment that promotes learning? ›

Research has shown that an engaged learning environment increases students' attention and focus, promotes meaningful learning experiences, encourages higher levels of student performance, and motivates students to practice higher-level critical thinking skills.

How can you plan and support a play-based learning environment? ›

A good plan for play-based learning will include all the following information: the topic theme; a specific learning intention; organisation details (this should set out where the activity will take place, along with suggested group sizes, i.e. a table-top activity, 3 children per table);

How can teachers use play to help children learn and develop? ›

In the primary grades, play opportunities enhance children's mastery of academic concepts and build motivation to learn. In fact, two of the most important things that play can develop are interest and motivation. Encouraging these in the early grades brings children on board in contributing to their own learning.

What are the benefits of play in child development? ›

Play improves the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and young people. Through play, children learn about the world and themselves. They also learn skills they need for study, work and relationships such as: confidence.

How students can learn more effectively through projects? ›

Project Management: Students learn how to manage projects and assignments more efficiently. Curiosity: Students get to explore their curiosities, ask questions and form a new love for learning. Empowerment: Students take ownership over their projects, reflecting on and celebrating their progress and accomplishments.

What are the primary benefits of project work in relation to children's learning? ›

It allows a child to demonstrate his or her capabilities while working independently. It shows the child's ability to apply desired skills such as doing research. It develops the child's ability to work with his or her peers, building teamwork and group skills.

What are the benefits of using project based and project-based learning? ›

Project-based learning helps students develop teamwork and problem-solving skills14, along with the ability to communicate effectively with others. The collaborative nature of projects also reinforces the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs being implemented at progressive schools around the world.

Which is an example of playful learning? ›

For example, the educator sets up a play restaurant and plays with the children in the space, modelling and encouraging the children to use the words, “please,” and, 'thank you,” as they take orders and receive their meals. All these types of play are important.

What is a play-based learning environment? ›

A play-based learning environment encourages talking, reading, writing and thinking. The staff at your child's school will use a variety of strategies to help your child learn skills and understand concepts. These may be explicitly taught, with play incorporated to reinforce and practise them.

In which three ways can you use play to support learning in the classroom? ›

Here are three unique ways to incorporate more play into the classroom:
  • Make Learning an Adventure. Instead of describing a new topic, have students use their imagination to visualize that they're right in the middle of what you're teaching. ...
  • Use Manipulatives While Teaching. ...
  • Act it Out.
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Why is it important to maintain an attractive play environment for children? ›

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning. Enabling environments encourage babies and young children to play because they feel relaxed, comfortable and 'at home' in them.

What would you take into consideration when designing space for a quality childcare environment? ›

Consideration is put into layout, safety, beauty, acoustics, educational effectiveness and more. So if you're shopping around for the best daycare provider in your area, you may be interested in learning about what makes a good daycare space design.

Why is home environment important for children's learning? ›

An enriching and stimulating home environment fosters healthy growth and brain development by providing a child with love, emotional support, and opportunities for learning and exploration. In families where only one parent is present, there are often fewer economic and emotional resources.

What are the factors you should consider in designing an activity for your learners? ›

Planning learning activities
  • What would motivate your students to do these activities?
  • What do students need to hear, read, or see to understand the topic?
  • How can I engage students in the topic?
  • What are some relevant real-life examples, analogies, or situations that can help students explore the topic?

What are the most important factors in designing centers in an early childhood classroom? ›

5 Factors to Consider When Designing a Classroom
  • Purpose. What is the purpose of this space? ...
  • Less is More. Clear classroom space by eliminating unused materials, furniture, or technology. ...
  • Flexibility. ...
  • Accommodating Furniture. ...
  • Designers.
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Why is it important to have well-designed classroom? ›

However, developing well-designed classrooms is important because these environments: Help provide safety. Support responsive caregiving. Foster independence and feelings of competence in young children.

How can a teacher create an active learning environment? ›

Taking an Active Learning Environment Approach

Think/Pair/Share: In this teaching strategy, instructors ask students to think about their response to a question or prompt, then pair up with a classmate and disclose what they were thinking. The instructor then asks students to share their thoughts with the entire class.

What is important for infants and toddlers to learn? ›

Toddlers need to learn how to communicate using their body language and their words! They will start out with a word or two and eventually can use full sentences! Some toddlers will also use sign language to help them as their words develop.

How do I create a learning space at home? ›

Here are some practical suggestions to help you set up a learning space at home for your child to study, do homework, or attend online classes.
  1. Choose a location based on your child's learning preferences. ...
  2. Eliminate distractions. ...
  3. Make it comfortable—but not too comfortable. ...
  4. Ensure the learning space has good lighting.

Why is it important to have a fun learning environment? ›

Research has shown that an engaged learning environment increases students' attention and focus, promotes meaningful learning experiences, encourages higher levels of student performance, and motivates students to practice higher-level critical thinking skills.

What is a playful learning environment? ›

A playful learning environment is a safe space that fosters choice, wonder and delight, enabling learners. to engage in deeper, more meaningful learning through play. It makes visible connections between. learners' lives and curricular studies/school.

Why is environment important in supporting the learning and development of a child? ›

The physical environment impacts how children learn and behave. The way a room is set up, how welcoming a space 'feels', and the ease of movement from one space to another can either enhance learning or have an adverse impact on learning.

What is playful learning and teaching? ›

Playful learning describes a learning context in which children learn content while playing freely (free play or self-directed play), with teacher guidance (guided play), or in a structured game.

WHY IS fun important in teaching and learning? ›

When teachers use activities that make learning engaging and fun, students are more willing to participate and take risks. Having fun while learning also helps students retain information better because the process is enjoyable and memorable.

How can a teacher make learning more interesting? ›

Learning can be interesting if we incorporate mystery into our lessons. Don't just share the information present the same in a mysterious ways? Present the lesson in a unique and unusual way. Try giving a new clue to the students every day until the very last day of the lesson.

Which is an example of playful learning? ›

For example, the educator sets up a play restaurant and plays with the children in the space, modelling and encouraging the children to use the words, “please,” and, 'thank you,” as they take orders and receive their meals. All these types of play are important.

What is the relationship between play and learning? ›

Researchers suggest that play is a central ingredient in learning, allowing children to imitate adult behaviors, practice motor skills, process emotional events, and learn much about their world.

What is play in early childhood education? ›

Educators at your child's early childhood education and care service might have told you that they use a 'play based' approach for children's learning and development. Play is an activity where children show their remarkable ability for exploration, imagination and decision making.

Why is it important to maintain an attractive play environment for children? ›

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children's development and learning. Enabling environments encourage babies and young children to play because they feel relaxed, comfortable and 'at home' in them.

Why is learning space important? ›

Benefits of a Good Learning Space

A good study environment of your child can be a significant factor in the success of learning, the lesser the distractions, the higher the focus and information retention. A peaceful study area helps improve concentration and sharpens the mind.

Can playfulness be used for teaching and learning? ›

Providing children with active and playful hands-on experiences help foster and enrich learning.

Why is playfulness important kids? ›

There is substantial evidence that through play and playfulness children demonstrate improved verbal and social communication, high levels of interaction skills, creativity, imagination, divergent thinking, and problem-solving skills (see review at Wood and Attfield, 2005).

What is a play based approach to learning? ›

A play-based approach involves both child-initiated and teacher-supported learning. The teacher encourages children's learning and inquiry through interactions that aim to stretch their thinking to higher levels.

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4. Playful Learning Landscapes
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5. How to get into Play-Based Learning: Part 1 - What is Play?
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6. Playful Learning at Public school Go! Campus Zottegem - Rosan Bosch Studio
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