Have you ever pulled your child away from playing to do a "learning" activity? Do you often find yourself sacrificing playtime in order to be sure your child is spending the appropriate amount of time doing educational activities?
We get it! You've got your child's best interest at heart and want them to be prepared for kindergarten! But we've got good news...there IS another way....and guess what? It's easier and way more fun!
Playing is your child’s work!
Playing IS learning!
It sounds counterintuitive, right?! Umm when I go to work it is definitely different from play. Or maybe you know that your child is supposed to be learning through play, but you need help coming up with what types of activities will reap the biggest benefits.
Either way, we have just the thing for you: My Pre-K Box! Our box is the perfect addition to any family!
Whether you are looking to supplement your child's preschool, daycare, or homeschool program, or wanting to create more play-based learning in your family… My Pre-K Box has got you covered!
Do you still need a little convincing on the benefits of play-based learning?
Let's dive right into how play-based learning supports your child's overall learning and development!
What Is Play-Based Learning?
While there are no concrete definitions of play-based learning there are specific characteristics that describe the learning that happens through play.
The activity must be:
The activity must involve physical or verbal activities and mental engagement. Some of the best play-based learning includes props (like the ones available in My Pre-K Box!)
Your child should freely choose the activity they are partaking in. This is easy to do when you have an inviting box full of fun activities!
This is key! In case you haven't realized, play is supposed to be FUN! Yes, your child may also experience some challenges, but the enjoyment of the activity is critical in play-based learning. If it stops being fun, then it's time to take a break and do something new!
How Important is Play-Based Learning?
Play is the front and center of your child’s brain development. Studies show that
- builds your child’s brain
- fosters creativity and imagination
- supports pre-literacy skills
- increases the development of language and memory skills
- leads to the development of social skills.
- multiplies your child’s motor skills.
- … and so much more!
Simply put, play and learning are not separate. Play doesn’t exist without learning and learning thrives through play!
How Can I Foster Play-Based Learning?
The best part...fostering play-based learning doesn't have to be hard!
With a few simple changes in your environment to integrate fun and engaging choices, you can have multiple play-based learning opportunities in your day-to-day life.
In fact, it is our job here at My Pre-K Box to literally take ALL of the work out of it for you. We know how busy life is and how much is already on your to-do list!
Our team of professional teachers and moms uses the most current research to carefully plan, develop, and curate the most fun play-based learning activities around. We do all of the prep work for you and deliver your monthly themed learning kits straight to your front door!
Play-Based Learning Builds Language Skills
As your preschooler is playing and talking, your little one is learning and developing several skills related to language development. Language permeates every minute of your child’s play.
As your preschooler is playing, find opportunities to describe the environment and/or ask your child questions.
For example: When playing with blocks, take the time to name the colors as your child is playing. “This is a blue block, can you say blue? This block is blue! Let's put the blue block on top!”
Challenge your child to use new and descriptive words when playing. “This block is big, do you know another word for big?”
If your child doesn't respond well to your asking "quizzing" questions, just model and tell them! "Hey look at this block. This block is big...in fact, it's huge! Huge is another word for big!”
My Pre-K Box includes several activities that promote language skills such as this fun scavenger hunt found in The Leprechaun Box!
In this activity, your preschooler has so many opportunities to use their language skills as they listen and figure out the clues, or if they are ready, you may even see your child using some reading or pre-reading skills!
You will find dozens of language activities in each and every My Pre-K Box delivered straight to your door!
Play-Based Learning Supports Mathematical Concepts and Learning
While math may not be your idea of fun, we assure you the opportunity for it is there! Math is actually one of the easier activities to promote during play.
When your preschooler is provided with several manipulative toys, objects, or pieces - your child could spend the entire afternoon in play-based learning.
Your preschooler may imitate counting as they play, sort objects naturally, or dive into the world of measurements - all in one afternoon!
Take an afternoon to provide your child with several empty containers of varying sizes and an assortment of objects. Watch as your child uses their mathematical skills, sorting, counting, and measuring the objects - all during play.
Use the time to talk to your child during their play, count the objects together, notice how many objects it takes to fill the smaller containers, and how many it takes to fill the larger.
All of this play is supporting your child’s mathematical concepts and skills.
Occasionally when deciding what opportunities to provide your child with, the choices can seem overwhelming.
The best part? These activities are little to no prep! We make supporting your child’s mathematical play-based learning easier than ever.
Take a look at some of our boxes' mathematical activities!
So fun, right?!
Your child will have a blast playing to learn all afternoon with these monthly thematic boxes! In fact, for a limited time we are offering your First Box FREE with a multi-month plan, just pay shipping and handling!
Play-Based Learning Creates Opportunities to Develop Executive Function Skills
Executive function? Ummmm...what's that!? Executive function describes your child's ability to follow directions, control impulsive behaviors, adjust to new information, and not give up. Sounds pretty important, right?! We all want our kids to be able to exercise self-control and persist through problems!
If you are looking for an activity to practice your child’s executive function skills- puzzles are a great choice! When you see your child try to fit a puzzle piece for the 5th time- you are seeing their executive function skills in action.
We know how essential executive functioning skills are for future school success. You'll find our subscription service helps build those important skills!
Take this fun one, for example...building a snow fort!
Your child will LOVE this activity. Select one of the included Build a Snow Fort cards and follow the directions to recreate the shape on the card! Your little learner's executive functioning skills will be hard at work as they mold and manipulate the toothpicks and marshmallows! So fun!
Play-Based Learning Fine Tunes Motor Skills
Motor skills are one of the easiest skills to link to play. There is not a single game or activity out there that is not in some way fine-tuning your child’s motor skills.
Take the time to dance to a fun song, play catch, or spend time creating artwork to practice these skills at home with your preschooler.
My Pre-K Box is just brimming with activities to promote both fine and gross motor skills.
Like this fun beading activity found above in one of our popular boxes! As your preschooler pinches and manipulates small materials, their fine motor skills are increasing effortlessly. Your preschooler will have so much fun completing these activities and crafts- they won’t even realize they are learning.
This is the beauty of play-based learning.
Play-Based Learning Encourages Social-Emotional Development
As your child plays with you, takes turns with you or a sibling, or shares supplies they are developing important social-emotional skills.
Social-emotional skills are sometimes overlooked, but that doesn’t make them any less important for your little one!
Did you know...social-emotional skills have been linked to higher academic performance and better feelings toward school in general. Play-based learning allows your preschooler the opportunity to share their moments and materials in their own time so that they can practice their social and emotional skills in a natural way.
My Pre-K Box offers the perfect opportunity for your little one to practice and develop these social-emotional skills! From sharing supplies, taking turns during games, and playing pretend there is always plenty of social-emotional learning going on!
Play-based learning is an important part of your child’s education process! Our goal at My Pre-K Box is to do everything we can to make this process easy and to provide the materials you need to make it all possible.
Interested in walking through an entire box with all its contents and activities? Check out this blog post detailing The Space Box!
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Interested in play-based learning but feel like it’s too much leg work and prep? You can sign up today and get your first box free with a multi-month plan! Just pay shipping and handling!