Learning through Play

Brynne Hannon from Femme Frugality blog talks to us about the best apps for creativity and learning through play:

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.  But for children play is serious learning.  Play is really the work of childhood.” Fred Rogers

In my opinion, creativity and learning through play are very important aspects of a child’s education. In the American national curriculum the activities within the Creative Curriculum include; Art, Music, Dramatic Play, Cooking, Sensory Development, Literacy Skills, Toys and Games and Outdoors activities. Some of these may be best explored in real-life so that kids may touch the elements. However, it is still possible to explore the world around us and learn concepts via good quality apps.    

Art

There are apps to create completely unique art, akin to the program parents probably remember as “Paint.”  There are also coloring books you can get on your mobile device. The possibilities are limitless; from drawing and scribbling to colouring and finger-painting.

Music

Making the most of music can involve setting dancing time! There are also many ways to learn about and appreciate music. You can use apps to learn about different sounds, sing along to nursery rhymes and even learn about and play different instruments.

Cooking

While mom or dad is cooking, let the little one play on the mobile device mirroring their parents’ activities.  They can pretend to cook using applications like Dr. Panda’s Restaurant or Toca Kitchen  This teaches some important skills that are learned in the kitchen such as sequencing.  If they want to help you in non-virtual reality, there are apps out there that will help you find simple, toddler-friendly cooking activities.

Literacy

Encouraging the development of literacy skills is extremely important as this will set the tone for the child’s future interest in reading. There are many online books and great phonics apps that teach the alphabet and sounds in order to speed up reading development.

Games

There is no shortage of game applications, and that holds true for the littlest of fingers.  Matching games, memory games, counting games; the list is truly endless.

While technology is an important tool to include in your child’s education, remember to set it down more than every once in a while and just play. Adult modeling and social interaction is tantamount to every child’s development. After all, someone once said, “Children are people we should be spending a lot of time talking to, listening to and helping because they’re new here.”

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