Learning Through Playing
When you think of play what comes to mind? Play is different for everyone. For some people, creating art is play. For others, it’s climbing rocks. For others still, it’s writing. There are many different ways to play; it’s not just blocks and LEGOs.
Learning social skills can be tricky, and over time, We found that what worked best was using play. A child’s natural way of connecting and relating is through play. Play allows for real-world experiences and teachable moments to happen. These experiences and moments can be used to reinforce positive skills and redirect less desirable skills. For example, when playing a simple game like Connect 4, a child could work on social skills like:
- Compromise (who will be the red pieces and who will be the black pieces)
- Winning and losing graciously