1. Play is meaningful – children play to make sense of the world around them and to find meaning in an experience by connecting it to something already known. Through play, children express and understand their understanding of their experiences.
2. Play is joyful – of course, play may have its frustrations and challenges, but the overall feeling is one of enjoyment, motivation, thrill and pleasure.
3. Play is actively engaging – watch children playing, and you will usually see that they become deeply involved, often coming to a physical, mental and verbal engagement.
4. Play is iterative – play is not static. Children play to practice skills, try out possibilities, revising hypotheses and discover new challenges, leading to deeper learning.
5. Play is socially interactive – play allows children to communicate ideas, to understand others through social interaction, paving the way to build deeper understanding and more powerful relationships.
Through play-based learning, children develop and nurture fundamental knowledge and skills.