Playing and exploring

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By Karen Hart

This is the third article in our characteristics of effective learning mini-series, focussing on playing and exploring. Click here to read the first article, which looked at creating and thinking critically, and here for the second.

Characteristics of effective learning

Playing and Exploring – Learning through doing.

Through play, children are able to explore a wide range of possible interests; playing with peers is an important part of this. Play, both free play and teacher led, is a vital part of a child’s development, with children learning at their highest level.

Have a Sniff Investigation

A very popular activity that can be used time and again – just change the food stuffs to sniff, and a good way of bringing the focus away from the visual to concentrate on the sense of smell to explore the world around us.

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