Day 7 - 30 Days to Learn Through Play
What was the first game you ever played?
You played it in the womb.
It was right there at the very beginning, millions of years ago, when life began.
Without it, no other learning would be possible. It's the most fundamental skill. Pre-schoolers love to play it. You'll find it in every children's magazine.
Have you guessed?
Spot the difference.
Light and dark; sound or no sound. A foetus is aware of so much.
From birth, babies can distinguish between mother and not-mother. Toddlers prefer two biscuits to one. Preschoolers look for what's unique about 'b' and 'd'. All learning is about difference.
A child will think, How does this new thing fit into what I already know about the world? Can I put it into one of the existing pigeon holes in my mind? Or do I have to pay attention and investigate further?
Today’s challenge: Try to put yourself in your child’s shoes. What do they already know? Now, focus on what’s different, what’s new. Ask them to notice this.
They’ll draw their own conclusions. You can’t make them learn. But they will have moved forward on the road to greater understanding. .
Spot the difference drives all learning. It's the most powerful game in the world.
If you’ve missed the start of this series, it’s not too late to go back and follow from the start. You can do it in your own time. :)
Here's the rest of the series:
Encourage open-ended play for creativity and focus
Understanding schema play in toddlers
Independent play and why it matters
Insider Guide: Small World Play and Language
Tell Almost Any Story with Just a Handful of Figures
A simple guide to choosing the right toy