Learning through play, is there any other way when children are small? For me the answer would be a resounding no. My boys love to play and whats more I love to play with them.
Throughout their lives I have been keen to encourage independent play. Here they are counting their pennies in their jar. I didn’t ask them to do this, but they both love money and they love counting. So we talked about how many pence in a pound, the different shapes and sizes on money and also the fact that the queen was on all coins. We then used the coins like tiddliwinks. For me this was a fun hour of play, which was driven by them and all I did was answer their questions and joined in their games.
As a family we love board games and have a weekly family game night, where choose a game to play and just enjoy each others company, but the boys are learning through playing these games. They learn numbers on the die, they use their counting skills to move places, their reading skills to check the instructions or read any cards involved and also their creativity depending on the game we choose.
This month, over at the Tots100, we’re running a blog hop sponsored by MEGA Bloks. Share your thoughts on learning through play and you can win a family trip to Drayton Manor theme park along with lots of new toys. What’s more, five bloggers who take part in the competition will become official toy reviewers for MEGA Bloks for 2011. Head over to the Tots100 blog for more details.