Scientific research shows that most of the development of the human brain happens from birth to the age of 8. During these years if the child is able to inculcate cognitive thinking skills, socio-emotional skills, develop a problem- solving attitude, develop decision making skills, etc., they will build a strong foundation for success in the child’s adult years.

This can be done including play and play based learning activities in the pre-primary and primary school curriculum as it is one of the most important ways in which young learners develop skills and gain knowledge. Play based activities in kindergarten and primary schools encourage exploration and foster hands-on learning.

Parents and kids both are hesitant about the school’s methodology and curriculum when they first enter the school. The journey starts from kindergarten and leads to a bright and shinning tomorrow. Introducing play based learning in kindergarten not only encourages young kids to come to school every day but also brings trust in parents that the school can take care of their kid’s future. Read below to know more about the stages of play when you introduce this modern education method in your school:

Learners go through 5 important stages of play:

  • Solitary Play: This is when very young learners spend most of their playtime making use of all their senses by touching everything around them, tasking anything they can lay their hands on and listening to their own voice. In this stage they develop gross motor skills.
  • Parallel Play: In this stage socializing begins. The learners plat next to each other but do not directly interact with the other learners. They begin to notice and recognize the presence of others.
  • Imitative Play: Shortly after parallel play, the learners start to imitate those around them. They may have imitated their parents or other family members, but now they start imitating others of their own age. This become the first sign of acknowledging others.
  • Associative Play: In this stage, the children start playing together but do not share a common goal. They may talk to each other and discuss, but their self-interests hold more importance.
  • Cooperative Play: Finally, learners startworking towards a common goal. The base for future socializing and interactions is formed during this vital stage. The learners start following rules while playing and thus understand the importance of discipline.

Play based Learning in Primary Schools

NatureNurture firmly believes in play based learning in schools and has beautifully inculcated play as an essential strategy for teaching and learning in its curriculum. We have included several activities and encourage circle time to ensure that the learners actively take part and enhance their skills. The curriculum is woven in such a manner that the learners develop critical thinking skills, develop social and emotional skills and develop problem- solving and decision making skills


Through the play based learning approach, NatureNurture builds on the child's existing knowledge through establishing a correlation with different domains. Play transports them to a higher level of thinking & provides them with a plethora of opportunities to be meaning fully engaged in tandem with their interests and intelligences. Such play based activities give the children multiple ways of expressing themselves. Play based activities also inculcate discipline, team work and collaboration in the learners.

After all, making learning fun is not an easy task but NatureNurture’s smart school solutions and modern education plans make play based learning in primary schools a dream come to reality. Connect with our team now to more about the benefits of introducing this approach in your schools and make it a better learning institution and smart child-support partner.


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