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Delivering Play-Based Learning Through Educational Toys

Children are Natural Learners

By nature, children are curious about cause and effect; this interest in ‘how the world works’ can be observed from day 1. As they go through the process of growing up, children are constantly analysing and drawing conclusions based on their experiences.

“Babies and children are like little scientists. They gather evidence by observing and experiencing the world,” says Tamar Kushnir from the Human Development Department of Cornell University1. While it may look like they are simply playing with toys in a random or haphazard manner, it has been observed that they are actually engaged in a rational process of hypothesising, evaluating and adapting their beliefs, after being presented with real-world evidence.

Play-Based Learning at Piptree

At Piptree Early Learning childcare centres, toys are more than just fun and games. The way Piptree delivers play-based learning is through our carefully selected, comprehensive range of educational toys, designed by experts in the field2. We have fitted our childcare centres with purpose-designed, sustainable, wooden ‘toys’, which are all actively aimed at stimulating our children in the domains of language, mathematics, creativity, science and health.

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Preparing for a New Child

“I’m pregnant…”

Becoming a parent can be a frightening experience when you’re uncertain of what to expect. But it needn’t be with the right amount of preparation and enhancing your own knowledge. Having your new child will change your lifestyle beyond belief, but you will experience things like no other when getting to know your child! Having children is a natural process and you should not be afraid of it, in fact, embrace the challenge ahead.   Read more

The Importance of Imagination and Make-Believe Play

Symbolic play is the topic which is close to my heart, and I would like to open the door and let you have a little peak about the importance of creative play.

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Nature Play Passport for an Amazing Childhood

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Nature Play QLD PassportToday your children will receive their free Nature Play QLD Passport to an amazing childhood. There are missions to complete, activities to play, outdoors to explore!! Please support our children to blossom through play!!

Your Nature Play Passport will have activities such as:

  • Animal I spy
  • Soccer play with a twist
  • Shadow art
  • Kaialgumm Games Trail to learn more about our indigenous culture

There are stickers, fun facts and heaps more online!!

Go for it, give the children the very best, as it is the little things that matter!!

Nature Play

The Role of Play Based Learning in Child Development

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Kids love to play. And there’s a reason for that.

It’s not only natural, but it’s essential for optimal child development.

In fact, play is so important that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights recognises the right of every child to engage in play time.

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Why Play is Encouraged to be a Part of Children’s Lives

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Play is a universal phenomenon and a right of childhood

Play is a universal phenomenon and a right of childhood.

It is spontaneous, rewarding and fun with several benefits:

  • Education: helps children learn and build skills that lay the foundation for learning to read, write and do maths.
  • Social skills: provides opportunities to socialize with peers of the same age, to learn to understand others, to communicate and to negotiate.
  • Cognition: encourages children to learn, imagine, categorize and problem solve.
  • Therapeutic benefits: Gives children the opportunity to express troubling aspects of their daily life, including stresses, trauma, family conflicts and other dilemmas.

Our children live in a time of busy schedules and high expectations for achievement; we should take care to give them the time and space to discover the joy and benefits of free play.

Using Imagination is Child’s Play

Have you ever heard of the stories from your parents or older generations?

You know the types of stories that sound something like this: “When I was young all we had was paper and pencils”, or stories such as “We were outside from dawn to dusk”.  Can you imagine what the children were doing? I can, they were playing games like stone skimming into creeks, they were riding bikes and chasing each other around in an imaginary game. Children were able to play freely and incorporate natural items into their play without much effort. Of course, we should supervise and join in at times, but we need to establish the fact that children are born to play.

As adults the best days are when we engage and play with the children, use rocks, sticks, bikes, hula hoops, do flower pressing, sand play, drawing, reading, playing peek a boo, hide and seek, singing, dancing, playing catch, throwing balls, going to parks, taking walks around our neighborhood. There are so many simple activities we can participate in with our children which help us engage with our children, support their learning and guide them to be the future helpers and leaders of the world.

We make a difference every day with these moments. These moments are the ones the children learn so much from and make their memories. Ask yourself what was the best part of your childhood?  I guarantee it was when your loved ones played games and spent time with you, not necessarily the toys you were bought!

Begin to blossom with ideas from yesteryear, understand the importance of play, imagination, social and emotional well being. Theorists have been observing this for many years.

At Piptree we take a blend from different theorists, thus encompassing the best from around the world. We are leading the way in education and development and will continue to support our children and their families to grow and blossom together, forming strong bonds and feeding the imagination!

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Learning through Play

Unlike older children, early years children are unable to learn through abstract or passive methods. Young children learn best through direct hands-on experience. The need to actively explore and manipulate materials and toys; discovering answers, properties, relationships, skills and concepts for themselves. Environments need to deliver knowledge and experiences relevant to a child’s personal knowledge and maturation level. Often this is referred to as age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate curriculum, an approach that meets educational goals based on research on how young children learn best.

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5 Ways Play Based Learning Helps Your Child Grow

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From the moment that a baby is born, they are learning.  Learning to eat and to sleep, learning the routine of life. When you think about it “learning” does not stop. It is a continuous process throughout life.

However, when you embark on your childcare journey you will be inundated with theories, philosophies and lots and lots of opinions. So how do you know what is best for your little one?

At Piptree we are passionate about giving your child the best start to their childhood education and we believe that the best way for our children to learn is through play based learning. Read more

Why Is Messy Play So Important?

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The benefits of Messy Play when it comes to child development

“Messy Play” The mere words invoke fear and dread into the hearts of many parents, but here at Piptree Early Learning, we encourage our children to embrace messy play and the learning and development that comes from it.

The idea of messy play can be a frightening and stressful one for parents.  Finger painting, muddy puddles, glue, glitter, GAHHH!  But wait – we want you to know that the benefits of this often dreaded play are huge.

Messy play is a particularly important form of play for babies and toddlers.

Cognitive development in children occurs when their senses are stimulated and messy play is awesome because it stimulates so many of their senses at once.  But how does it help your child develop? Read more