How Children Learn Through Block Play

How do children learn through block play in early years? We’ve all seen a toddler’s pleasure when knocking down block towers. No sooner is it built, than it is gleefully knocked down. Building with blocks provides one of the most valuable learning experiences for young children, they really are the epitome of an open ended resource. They allow a child to express their own creativity whilst designing, constructing and building. They require a child to think creatively, problem solve, negotiate and invent, whilst exploring the concepts of balance, stability and... Read More


How Children Learn through Sand & Water Play

What is Sand & Water Play? Sand and water are the most basic of raw materials and children can use them without being constrained by the ‘right’ way to play with either of them. They promote curiosity, imagination and experimentation. Both sand and water are completely open ended; the child is able to determine the direction and level of their own play. And, most importantly, sand and water play is fun! Sand play has always held intrigue for children and adults too! They can dig, sift, build, pour, feel, smell... Read More


The Importance of Imaginative Play in Child Development

What is Role Play? Effective role play gives children the opportunity to try out risky ideas in a safe environment. It allows them to explore boundaries, make sense of the world and develop their own identities. Through pretend play, children are learning to understand the basic principles of society and how it functions, and the important rules and routines of everyday life. Imaginative play is vital because it allows children to revisit familiar and unfamiliar events, whilst also supporting the development of their imagination, through real and familiar, to complete... Read More