Learning from LEGO: How Play-based Learning is Transforming Education for Children Worldwide

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Learning from LEGO: How Play-based Learning is Transforming Education for Children Worldwide

Play isn't Merely Enjoyable, it's an Educational Tool

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Play isn't Merely Enjoyable, it's an Educational Tool.

You may have noticed that ChildsPlay International (CPI) has been emphasizing the importance of free, play-based education recently. This is because we are collaborating with more schools, and they are seeking play-based learning programs to aid in the growth, development, learning, and healing of their vulnerable students.

CPI’s foray into underwriting play can be attributed to Dr. Steven Watson’s understanding that children naturally engage in play as a fundamental aspect of their development. He recognized that play is not just a leisure activity but a form of self-expression and creativity.

 

Moreover, he understood that play has educational value, serving as a vehicle for play-based learning.

Dr. Watson saw the potential to harness the power of play to support children’s holistic development, including their social, physical, and psychological growth.

 CPI Attended the LEGO Foundation’s and Project Zero’s Conference

 

Play-based learning was on the agenda at the LEGO Foundation and Project Zero  Playful Schools Conference 2023! The LEGO Foundation, whose slogan is “Learning Through Play,” hosted the conference as a virtual event over three days. The host offered a rich menu connecting play to art, creativity, social equity, conservation of culture, nature and ecology.

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Girls jumping during CPI Storytelling event

The Power of Play

Play-based learning transcends traditional classroom settings by promoting active learning and holistic development.

play-based learning during storytelling even in Kenya
Kenyan girls bring stories to life through acting during a CPI storytelling session.

Play-based Learning Enhances Creativity, Problem-solving Skills, and Social-emotional Development.

Play-based learning has been shown to have numerous benefits for students of all ages. It can enhance creativity, problem-solving skills, and social-emotional development. By incorporating play into the classroom setting, students are able to engage with the material in a more meaningful way and retain information better.

Through activities such as storytelling and art, and soft skills like winning and losing gracefully, children discover their unique capabilities and develop self-confidence.
Girls making faces during storytelling event
Girls in Manipur, India, having fun in front of the camera 😉

Children learn the rules of a game and, beyond that, how to make spatial and temporal judgments. They also learn soft skills, like how to win and lose with grace. They learn their own unique capabilities and develop self-confidence. Play serves as a powerful educational tool, offering valuable lessons in a dynamic and engaging manner.

Play-based learning fosters active, holistic development by nurturing problem-solving, creativity, and social-emotional intelligence. It encourages exploration, critical thinking, and joyful learning through activities like puzzles, imaginative role-play, and interactive games, deepening our understanding of the world.

CPI Supports Play-based learning in Ghana.

CPI Storytelling Festival in Ghana 2021
Play-based learning in Ghana
Students and teacher in Ghana during CPI Storytelling Workshop in 2021.

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