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Ragnar Horn - Learning Through Play

Learning through play has many benefits for children, with play having been proven to contribute to brain development. The United Nations sees play as significant enough to deem it a universal right for all children.

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Ragnar Horn - Learning Through Play

  1. 1. Learning Through Play Ragnar Horn Charitable Associations
  2. 2. Learning through play has many benefits for children, with play having been proven to contribute to brain development. The United Nations sees play as significant enough to deem it a universal right for all children. Play vs. Work There are various key elements that categorise play as different from work. Play is usually an activity that the child self-prescribes, rather than one determined by the teacher or parent. While work tends to be a process that has a specific, pre-determined desired outcome, play is more creative and imaginative. However, just because there is no prescribed outcome does not mean that children cannot be taught specific things through play. PAGE 2 Learning Through Play
  3. 3. Defining Play Play can be defined as an activity that is enjoyable and pleasurable, voluntary and spontaneous. Play typically involves elements of make-believe and the player is actively engaged in the activity. When learning through play, the natural curiosity of the child is harnessed for the development of key cognitive and social skills, emotional maturity and confidence-building. The organisation Right to Play operates learning through play programmes for some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people around the world. PAGE 3
  4. 4. Ragnar Horn You can find out more about the work of Right to Play by visiting the blog of Ragnar Horn.

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Learning through play has many benefits for children, with play having been proven to contribute to brain development. The United Nations sees play as significant enough to deem it a universal right for all children.

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