As parents, we want to teach toddlers and preschoolers as much as possible; if we can engage little ones with learning in the early years, they’ll get a strong start in life.
And the buzzwords for making it happen? Educational play. Yet what exactly does that, somewhat stuffy-sounding term, actually mean when put into practice? We took to the streets of the world to find out…
As well as a bunch of articulate answers, we consistently found a whole lot of love for playful teaching times.
“It’s always directly linked,” one mom told us passionately. “If they are not playing, they won’t learn.”
“It’s a game that allows them to count, to talk, to express themselves and get a vocabulary,” commented another.
“Anything that stimulates his mind,” said one mom, of her young son.
But for all the grown-ups’ lyrical waxing, perhaps one little girl had it all figured out. “What’s educational play?” we asked her mom. “Fun,” came the little girl’s answer.
And maybe she’s got a point.
Watch the video above to hear more parents’ views, and then share your musings on our Facebook page.You can also find tons of teaching moments in the humble LEGO® DUPLO® brick. Countdown to blast-off with the awesome DIY rocket, learn about life cycles with the DIY chick, or encourage manners with a DIY ice cream treat.