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Has anyone got a good quote that sums up the importance of learning through play? I'm delivering a workshop to parents this week and just wanted a quote that might stick in their heads. Also has anyone come across a simple leaflet/article on the importance of play - looking for something that isn't to wordy! Had every intension of making one but time is running out and I really want to go and play in the woods today!

 

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http://www.thestrong.org/about-play/play-quotes

Try this site for some ideas.

 

http://www.ncb.org.uk/media/124824/no.3_what_is_play.pdf

A bit wordy but you might be able to use some of it.

 

http://www.eureka.org.uk/Resources/Eureka/Documents/Play%20Postcards%20Early%20Arts.pdf

Ideas for at home

 

You might want to remind them that play is how we still learn as adults. I bet all your parents have a mobile phone, ask them if they read the instructions to work it all out or did they play with it and figure it out that way? :1b :1b

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Has anyone got a good quote that sums up the importance of learning through play? I'm delivering a workshop to parents this week and just wanted a quote that might stick in their heads. Also has anyone come across a simple leaflet/article on the importance of play - looking for something that isn't to wordy! Had every intension of making one but time is running out and I really want to go and play in the woods today!

 

I'm doing the same thing next week, would really appreciate it if you'd let me know what/how exactly your doing to deliver it! It's hard when chatting about play as dont want the 'parents' thinking our jobs are unimportant play!

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You just have to remind them of all the ways they play and what it leads to.

 

Split them into 4 groups and tell them they're going to make playdough. One group can only be told how to do it, one group can watch it being done, another group can do it for themselves from reading a recipe. The last group can listen, watch, read and then make it.

 

When its finished ask was it easy or difficult. Link their answers to the reasons why play is important and all the learning opportunities making playdough offers. Then just move through the activities we provide in early years.

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When I was on an obs course they had us make a little something with those coloured packing material thingys that stick together ( sorry forgotten what they were called!) then she told us what we had been learning, fine motor skills, hand eye co ord, colours,counting, designing etc etc. it showed us how much learning was done just by playing.

not quite a quote, but it was an interesting exercise.

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Give them some tracing paper and some letters to trace and then tell them to trace the letters, but give them Japanese letters. I dont know how the letters are formed correctly any more than a child knows how form the letters when they're given a similar task. Ask them what they thought.

 

Give them worksheets to do with an objective, then cover the same objectives with a fun play activity.

http://www.kidzone.ws/

http://www.kidslearningstation.com/

There are some fabulously pointless once on these sites and I'm sure you'll be able to think of another, better way of 'teaching' the same things.

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