How Do Children get Education Through Play?
At Treforys Tiny Tots they are playing, experimenting with new objects and learning. They are also beginning to get a sense of their own identity and how they may be different from others, such as noticing boys and girls. Children benefit from being at Treforys Tiny Tots as we help to encourage the forming of self identity. We have many organised activities at Treforys Tiny Tots to help develop their learning in an informal setting. Cultural identity is also important and promoted through Treforys Tiny Tots. Children also need to have people around them that they can identify with and who have an understanding of their cultural and ethnic background.
How can young children learn with Treforys Tiny Tots?
Children learn through all their senses by:
Tasting, Touching, Seeing, Hearing and Smelling
Watching and copying people close to them to learn language and promoted good behaviours
Learning through play at Treforys Tiny Tots
Play is one of the main ways in which children learn at Treforys Tiny Tots. It helps to build self worth by giving a child a sense of his or her own abilities and to feel good about themselves. Because it’s fun, children often become very absorbed in what they are doing. In turn, this helps them develop the ability to concentrate. Treforys Tiny Tots ensure children have a range of playthings which will help them learn in a number of ways. Some of these include:
Sand and water play which can be an early introduction to science and maths, eg learning that water is fluid, not solid, and that it can be measured in different sized containers.
Drawing and painting pictures and playing with dolls/figures can encourage creativity, imagination and expression of feelings.
Building blocks, jigsaws and shape sorters which help with recognising different shapes and sizes, putting things in order.
Playing ball games, dancing, running and climbing all help to develop body movement, strength, flexibility and co-ordination skills.
- Singing, playing simple music instruments we find will help to develop rhythm, listening and hearing.
At a younger age learning needs to be fun and at Treforys Tiny Tots this is our aim. The children’s learning needs to be about doing things they like. We find on occasions children might find unusual ways of doing things – for a toddler, building blocks aren’t just for making towers, and paint can be used without a brush! We often do hand paintings as well as using materials like bubble wrap to create animals and other pictures.
At Treforys Tiny Tots we believe children develop in their own ways and in their own time. Treforys Tiny Tots also encourage reading, by reading to and with children.
What is the importance of play for pre-school children?
Providing children with opportunities for play provides so much more than a few minutes or hours of ‘fun’. Play also allows our children to relax, let off steam, develop social skills such as concentration and co-operation, encourages the development of the imagination, develops motor skills and teaches self expression