Research in play

“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein.

Play-based education is an important part of our IGS Early Year Learning Framework.

In recent weeks, a number of children in Transition have shown a keen interested in floor puzzles.

As the interest has developed, so too have their skills, and the children are now completing very perplexing puzzles that sometimes contain up to 100 pieces.

Engaging in floor puzzles as a group is a great way to develop children’s ability to work together towards a common goal, improving their skills in communication, negotiation and collaboration.

Such play extends on children’s mathematical abilities, including patterning, shape and size discrimination, and colour identification. Problem solving, fine motor development and hand eye coordination skills are being extended.

The children look forward to deepening their understanding in this area and engaging with the concept of play-based learning further.