This is a playground for professionals working with children and adolescents. Feel free to use our wide range of resources, tools, and ideas to promote playful approaches to development, learning, and well-being.

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Play and Learning, Hand in Hand

Playing is more than just fun. Children and adolescents learn through play, It’s a way for them to immerse themselves in activities, develop ideas and build strong relationships. Research also shows that it strengthens their well-being and motivation. Despite growing attention to school fatigue and mental health challenges among children and adolescents, play is often overlooked in today’s society. That’s why it’s imperative we prioritise playful approaches in childcare facilities and schools. 

Learn more about fostering children’s desire to explore, investigate and experiment in this video. 

What Does “A Playful Approach” Mean?

A playful approach implies using some of the qualities of play to explore what interests or challenges us. Here are three principles you may recognise from your work with children and adolescents.

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Create Shared Ideas

When we play, we create fictional universes, scenarios and situations. We imagine for a while that the world looks different and practice taking on new roles and perspectives.

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Dare the Unpredictable

When we play, we open ourselves to a world of opportunities and options with no fixed ending. In doing so, we practice handling unpredictable situations and processes.

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Insist on Meaningfulness

For play to be fun, it has to make sense to everyone involved. This allows us to practice creating meaning together and ensure everyone plays an active role.