“Play is often talked about as if were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers
Play is a natural activity for every young student. It provides many opportunities for students to learn and grow physically, mentally and socially. If play is the student’s work, then toys are the student’s tools. Toys provide students the opportunity to investigate and explore as well as build confidence, opportunities to make decisions and choices. As students manipulate and play with toys, their muscle control and strength develop, so does their eye hand coordination.
Our Nursery students had a hands-on experience of using toys to learn about themselves and things around them. The learning materials and environment gave them an opportunity to engage themselves in different kinds of play – alone or in groups. Students learned about size, shapes, colour, numbers, letters of the alphabet and much more. Manipulative- toys build eye-hand coordination and logical thinking such as blocks, pattern toys etc.
Dramatic play materials such as dolls, stuffed toys, puppets, transport toys etc encourage role playing, creativity and imagination.