How to Incorporate Play into Learning

Jean Piaget said, "Play is the work of childhood." Children are naturally drawn to play and playfulness. As educators, we can use this natural instinct and incorporate play into learning, to increase engagement and maximize effectiveness in our teaching.

Shelle Soelberg, founder and creator of Let's Play Music, defines play this way: Play is laughing, enjoying oneself, being silly, using make believe, using more than one sense, and often play is associated with peers. Play allows for experimentation and freedom. There aren’t a lot of pre-defined guidelines. It allows for repetition, and for mistake making.

While we often think of play for preschool aged children, play can be incorporated in the classroom through elementary school and beyond. Let's explore how we can use each of these ideas to incorporate more playfulness into education.

Play is Silly.

As adults, we often