Learning through play is a term used in education to describe how a child can learn to make sense of the world around them.
Through play children develop social and cognitive skills, emotionally mature, and gain the self-confidence they require to engage in new experiences and environments not just now, but for the rest of their lives.
That’s why we believe our school play equipment range has everything you need to create a fun and stimulating learning environment for early years children.
The first 5 years of a child’s life is called the foundation stage, this is because the first 5 years can determine how the next 50 can turn out – it’s vital you make them count.
Play should always be stimulating, fun and interesting to keep the attention of young children. Toys are fun, but toys are also valuable learning tools and play is critical to the healthy growth and development of each child.
Play is one of the main ways in which children learn and because it’s fun, children often become very absorbed in what they are doing. In turn, this helps them develop the ability to concentrate on one task at a time.
Different Types of Play
Imaginative play – this type of play has long been recognised as a fundamental part of early years learning. It is an extremely sociable act of play and typically involves verbal communication between children and adults, and children with other children.
Whether they act out being a mum paying for goods at a supermarket or a nurse bandaging a knee at the doctor’s, imaginary play allows children to create scenes they have built up in their heads and practice solving problems that are often part of these pretend scenarios.
Role play is great for developing communication and language skills, social skills and cognitive and physical development.
Make believe play is the chance for children to act out real life scenarios that they often experience at home or while they are out and about with family – it’s their chance to be the grown up and children thrive from this.
Not only does this type of play practise communication and language skills but it allows children to practice the fine art of listening, and taking turns.
Our home corner features a wide range of wooden play kitchens which are ideal for children’s role play activities.
The children’s mobile market stall is perfect for acting out shop scenarios between a shop keeper and customer.
It allows children to assume a role and then take it in turns to be the shop keeper.
Our imaginative play area features a wide range of role play panels which have a different design e.g. theatre, post office, garage, doctors, to name a few. Each panel comes with a fixing bracket which allows you to easily and simply attach it to another panel of your choice.
Also available are our pre-selected role play panel kits. These provide children with the opportunity to act out grown up job roles such as shop keepers, doctors, teachers and actors. The only real restriction with our role play panels is the child’s imagination.
Creative play – Creative expression provides many opportunities for expressing emotions and working out ways of getting through those emotions to gain a better understanding of them.
A child’s creativeness could be the key to their success, all you need to do is help them find it, give them guidance and a small push in the right direction.
A child’s creativity can be expressed in many forms - singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, role play.
Playing with creative art supplies is great for developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Here at Early Learning Furniture we offer a selection of children’s easels and art easels to help bring out their artistic side and promote creativity.
Our table top theatre and folding theatre are perfect for creative role play and can be used as a theatre, shop, café, bank, puppet theatre or whatever else takes their imagination.
Our four sided easel is ideal for promoting group creativity – with 4 large sides you can encourage art work in groups.
Physical play – encouraging physical activity is necessary with young children in order to strengthen their bodies, maintain a healthy weight and prevent illnesses.
Encouraging physical activity from an early age give you a better chance for them carrying it on throughout their lives maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the future.
Experts recommend that children should experience approximately 60 minutes of physical activity a day. This doesn’t mean getting each child to work out for an hour each day, it simply means letting a child move around freely and explore their surroundings.
The benefits of physical activity include the development of gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, social and cognitive skills.
Children who stay active enjoy long term health benefits, as well as improved mental health. These include a stronger immune system meaning the body is able fight disease more efficiently and your child will be less prone to colds, allergies and diseases.
We offer a wide selection of play equipment designed for physical play with early years’ children.
Whether children want to play on the toddler activity centre, race around on the multi-award winning Zoomster, or build an indoor den there is something to suit all children.
Alternatively, children can have an underwater adventure with the Seaweenies.
For more information on our school play equipment, or any of our other products please contact us or call us on 01733 511121.
At Early Learning Furniture we are experts in school classroom furniture, classroom storage and classroom library furniture for primary schools, pre-schools and nurseries.
We understand the importance of education within early years and provide the equipment you need to create an exciting and stimulating learning environment.