Early childhood education often focuses on learning through play,
based on the research and philosophy of Jean Piaget,
which posits that play meets the physical, intellectual,
language, emotional and social needs (PILES) of children.
Children’s curiosity and imagination naturally evoke learning when unfettered.
Thus, children learn more efficiently and gain more knowledge through activities such as dramatic play, art, and social games.
In general, research shows strong links between creative
play and language, physical, cognitive,
and social development. Play is a healthy,essential part
Infants explore their world through their senses while adults in their world foster their development and
learning through playing games with them.
Toddlers engage in pretend play when they imitate actions
and events they have experienced in their family life.
As they grow into 4 and 5 year olds,
young children engage more and more in play activities that expand their knowledge of the world around them,
develop their motor skills, and focus on their peers.