Here are some great videos and articles to check out about how children learn while playing, and how we can support them.
Play is Children’s Work: a brief YouTube video on the benefits of play.
Also, check out my post from October 9 for a link to Penn State’s handout on nurturing learning through music and play.
Supporting make-believe play: www.toolsofthemind.org/parents/make-believe-play/. This is a great article that covers the benefits of imaginative play, gives concrete tips for make-believe games to play with different age groups, and gives tips for choosing pre-schools and children’s activities that encourage make-believe.
Ready to Learn: Dramatic Play. A YouTube video to learn more about dramatic play.
Ready to Learn: Singing Helps Children Learn. A brief video on the benefits of music. For lots more info on music and brain development, look here.