Guided Play Effective for Children
Guided Play methods where playful educational activities steered by an adult using open-ended questions and enable children to learn and explore in their own way according to studies by the University of Cambridge. A study of 3800 children between the age of three and eight showed that a playful approach to learning can be just as effective as more traditional, teacher-led methods in developing key skills- including literacy, numeracy, social skills, and essential thinking skills known as executive functions. The findings also suggest that children may master some skills -- notably in maths -- more effectively through guided play than other methods. Among the benefits of guided play is improvement in some areas of numeracy and improvement in cognitive ability. Guided hands-on learning improves understanding of abstract ideas in Math.