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doreen clark

on 17 September 2016

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How Children benefit by learning through play
Play is essential for children to develop into confident adults who are able to reach their potential.
Play is essential for development.
Every child needs to have the opportunity to explore and experiment . If appropriate play is encouraged, children can benefit by developing their self-esteem and learning
Child Initiated Play
Child led/Child Initiated/Self play/Free play
Adult- Led Play/ Structured Play
Activities that are carefully planned to develop a particular aspect and understanding or skill. Resources are carefully chosen and usually a sequence of steps and tasks are undertaken with the children to ensure a specific learning intention is met.
An adult usually leads, supervises and observes children's learning and development within the activity.
Childcare practitioners have set up an activity with construction material

Consider how and what children are learning.

Activities that occur when children make their own decision, without suggestion or guidance from adults, about the way in which they use the equipment and resources provided for them.
The childcare practitioners has asked the children to identify and remove all the blue objects from a box of different coloured objects.

Consider how and what the children are learning
Doreen Clark
How children play needs change
As children grow and develop they require more complex, challenging activities to sustain and develop their curiosity and learning.
6 months to 1 year
3 years to 5 years
8 years to 11 years
13- 16 years
What did you like to play with when you were younger?

What was your favourite toy?

Have you still got your favourite toy?
Do you still play with it?


Why not?
Outgrown it.
Bored with it.
Not stimulating enough
Mastered it

Probably all the above.
What interests you now, at the age that you are?
Do you see how children and young peoples play preferences change as they grow and develop?
Explore the toys on your table.

Consider the age range the toys are aimed at
Consider what children would learn from the toys
Consider how an older or younger child would view the toy
Complete a spidergraph depictying toys/activities chidren are interested in for the different age ranges listed below.

0- 1 year
2-4 years
4-6 years
6- 8 years
8- 11 years
11-14 years
14- 16 years
16-19 years
Compile a chart and input your information of child preferences of play for the different age ranges
How do children learn through play?
Child initiated play

Adult initiated play
What forms of play are these?
Example of child initiated play
Example of adult initiated play
In your groups create a spider graph of child initiated activities/learning experiences
Discuss in groups- feedback
Discuss in your groups
In your groups create a spider graph of adult initiated activities/learning experiences.
Use one example of child initiated and adult initiated activities/learning experiences and explain how it supports play and learning .
In your groups
Make reference to the role of the adult within the activities/learning experiences
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