Play as a learning strategy in early childhood education for the full development of the child

Scientific Evidence Platform Needs more evidence Play as a learning strategy in early childhood education for the full development of the child

Currently, in early childhood education classrooms we can observe that a traditional methodology is used, where theoretical learning predominates and play is left in the background, which is only practised in the playground.

Play-based learning allows children to create knowledge in a more playful and active way, which contributes to the full development of their capacities. It also allows them to observe how they communicate with the world and helps them to create their own personality.


My argument is based on the following articles

● The Playing Learning Child: Towards a pedagogy of early childhood. Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson. Scandinavian journal of Educational Research.


● Play-Based Learning in Early Childhood Education. By: Cutter-Mackenzie, A (Cutter-Mackenzie, Amy) [1] ; Edwards, S (Edwards, Susan) [2] ; Moore, D (Moore, Deborah) ; Boyd, W (Boyd, Wendy). Book Authors: CutterMackenzie, A (CutterMackenzie, A) ; Edwards, S (Edwards, S) ; Moore, D (Moore, D) ; Boyd, W (Boyd, W). Young Children’s Play and Environmental Education in Early Childhood Education


● Play as a facilitating tool for teaching and learning in childhood education and fundamental teaching I. By Ramos, RD (Ramos, Rizia de Souza); Muniz, SD (Muniz, Simara de Sousa). Humanidades & Inovacao. Volume 7; Issue 8; Page 458.469; Published MAR 2020; Indexed 2020-06-15; Document type: article.

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Noelia Flores

I totally agree that the strategy of playing is a totally valid tool in the education of children in order to achieve their full development.   
Since the beginning of education, classes have been based on stricter techniques that are based on students copying and memorizing information. A technique that is often not valid for all students because they forget what they have previously internalized.
The use of the game as a strategy in education opens a new world and presents characteristics and possibilities of learning much more powerful and real than traditional methods. The game allows the child to learn while enjoying and having a good time, making the new learning interesting, useful and enjoyable for them; becoming a better internalization of these. The game also presents improvements in the motor and cognitive abilities of the child.
Although this is a strategy that can become the future of education, many educational systems around the world refuse to base their dynamics on play, despite the fact that the fact of playing allows a greater learning of the child, as well as a greater interaction between infants and with what surrounds them; thus turning the school into a place where infants want to attend, where they have fun and above all where they learn everything useful for their day to day.
JCR references:
1- Ali, E; Constantino, KM; Hussain, A; Akhtar, Z. (2018). The Effects of Play Based Learning on Early Childhood Education and Development. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences-JEMDS. Retrieved October 12, 2002, from

2- Ismail, NGA; Pahl, A; Tschiesner, R. (2022). Play-Based Physics Learning in Kindergarten. Education Sciences. Retrieved October 12, 2002, from

3-Van Oers, B; Duijkers, D. (2013). Teaching in a play-based curriculum: Theory, practice and evidence of developmental education for young children. Journal of Curriculum Studies. Retrieved October 12, 2002, from

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