Early childhood education has been studied and explored vividly in different contexts throughout the ages. Children, in their early years, adapt skills and learn to implement very easily. All children can as Maria Montessori once said, ” Explode in Learning” and that explosion comes through PLAY. But sometimes children might get directionless while playing. They tend to get into arguments with their peer. To avoid this, nowadays teachers and facilitators have introduced PLAY as a form of activity in a classroom. Whether it is a Math lesson or a Science lesson or even in language sessions, role of PLAY is important. Firstly, children can understand a topic with ease. Secondly, it enhances team work. Thirdly, a facilitator can modify a certain lesson pertaining to the childrens’ level.
PLAY can be categorized in different ways example SAND PLAY, OUTDOOR PLAY, TABLE TOP PLAY, FREE PLAY, BLOCK PLAY, ROLE PLAY, WATER PLAY and so on. For example, suppose if our theme is Community Helpers, children can be given activities through Sand Play or Role Play. As a facilitator, I have observed children come up with different building structures made out of sand. They even talk about their project or discuss among themselves, hence developing speaking skills, gross motor skills and learning to accept new challenges. Similarly, as for Role Play, children love to enact or learn through dramatization and thus it plays a pivotal role in language development. Children love to build up scenes and thus it turns up hilarious and fun. Again, Free Play activities such as doodling, scribbling, cutting, folding etc. can be considered for developing fine motor skills. An overall holistic growth continues through PLAY.
However, it is not compulsory to implement PLAY in a lesson every time. Children should be given that space to grow whenever they are in action, whether they are jumping or dancing or playing hide and seek together. They learn from each and every corner of life. In conclusion, it can be said that PLAY whether in structured form or random increases the horizon of learning for children. Children sometimes do not even know they are learning while in the flow of PLAY.