Is play-based learning effective?

In the area of early education, the approach to learning has developed overtime and steadily moved away from traditional methods to more child-centred approaches. One of such strategies which have gained higher prominence and have been creating inroads is play based learning. At St. Edward School, we believe that children learn the best while playing, and the numerous advantages play has for them in social, emotional, and cognitive development are well established.

Understanding Play-Based Learning

Play-based learning is rooted in the idea that children learn best when they are actively engaged in meaningful, hands-on experiences. It is characterized by child-directed play, where children have the freedom to explore, create, and interact with their environment in ways that are natural and enjoyable to them. This approach values the importance of play in fostering social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.

The Effectiveness of Play-Based Learning

1. Holistic Development

The play-based learning method encompasses developmental domains including language and cognitive skills, social and emotional development, and physical abilities. Interaction is crucial for the development of social skills such as communication, teamwork and solving problems through play. They do this by improving their emotional intelligence in the process by learning to control feelings and handle social interactions.

2. Cognitive Growth

The development of cognitive function in the play process is mainly due to stimulation of critical thinking and desire for seeking solutions, creativity and imagination. As kids are engaging in play, they discover associations between effects and causes, they experiment with different ideas, and they build language competence while speaking and acting out their stories.

3. Language Acquisition

Language-learning through play is facilitated in such environments which allows children to exercise the language naturally while they communicate, negotiate and express themselves. This is a kind of learning process that indirectly affects the expansion of the vocabulary alongside the development of communication skills and the ability to articulate thoughts and emotions.

4. Motor Skills

Physical play develops good relation between brain and body thus helps in the development of fine and gross motor skills. Whether it is being creative with blocks, drawing or simply being adventurous outdoor, children master their motor skills–coordination, balance and strength–more through play.

5. Positive Attitudes Towards Learning

The type of education inspired by play incorporates a positive attitude towards schooling. Through play-based curricula, the enjoyment and relevance of learning not only develop among children but also spark motivation towards discoveries and explorations, thus nurturing them to an intrinsic pursuer of knowledge which will come to them as life long passion for learning.

Implementing Play-Based Learning at St. Edward School

In St. Edward School, we apply the approach of play-based learning into the curriculum to create a nurturing and stimulating environment where the students get a chance to learn and develop in an easy and fun way. Our teachers are taught to observe and develop children’s play activities with a goal to produce the necessary learning outcomes while they are allowed to be flexible and spontaneous.

Through purposeful play, the children we educate at St. Edward School acquire crucial skills they will need later on academically and, overall, during their life. We are of the opinion that through play- based learning, we tend to develop entire persons who are inquisitive, confident, and keen to engage the world at large.


As a final remark, play-based education not only works very well but is a necessity for the overall development of young kids. It offers a kind of education that is based on instinct, innocence, and curiosity. At St. Edward School, we are dedicated to inspire the students to love learning naturally through play and empowering them to reach their fullest potential.

If you would like more information on our educational approach and to learn about how play-based learning is incorporated into our curriculum, then feel free to communicate with us or drop by our school! Shall we start on this tour of magical discovery and practical education together?


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