Play-Based Learning Ideas for Parents, Teachers and Caregivers

Play-based learning is something near and dear to my heart. There is no sound in the world I love more than the sound of my children playing. And what absolutely fascinates me is how experientially rich play is. Whether we engage our kids and set up invitations to play or just leave them to their own devices, they are always learning through play.


In this section, you will find play-based learning activities and articles. All of my activities use inexpensive, common materials. You will notice my posts underscore the basic skills children are learning when engaging in my invitations to play.


Facilitate play-based learning at home or in your classroom with these wonderful resources. Includes tips on how to build on your child's play, why play-based learning and sensory play are important, and loads of simple kids activities to promote learning through play!


Below are my top play-based learning posts. I hope you enjoy:

  • Find awesome rainy day toddler activities. These simple kids activities are fun and wonderful for play-based learning.
    September 11, 2017
    Rainy Day Toddler Activities for Those Days You're Stuck Inside
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  • These 5 hands-on dinosaurs for kids activities are rooted in play-based learning. They foster scientific discovery, STEM learning, fine motor skill practice scissor skills and so much for! Comes with a free printable.
    September 5, 2017
    Dinosaurs for Kids: Play-Based Learning Activities with Printable Pack
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  • 10 + solar system worksheets to promote play-based learning! These printables are free, fun and focus on numeracy, literacy, STEM, and sensory learning. Great for astronomy teaching units for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and older kids too!
    August 7, 2017
    Solar System Worksheets: Free printables for preschoolers and older kids too!
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  • front yard or the park. They are low or no prep, easy and perfect to invite the neighbourhood kids to join in the fun!
    July 31, 2017
    Simple Outdoor Kids Activities for Laughter and Fun
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  • Promote play-based learning with this fun solar system for kids activity! It comes with a free printable packet as well as bonus materials for more ways to play! Perfect for preschoolers, kindergarteners, or any early childhood educators!
    July 25, 2017
    Solar System for Kids Activities Including Free Printables
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  • Get fun play-based learning ideas with these rainbow printables for preschoolers. These preschool worksheets are fun, free and are great to promote numeracy, literacy, fine motor and gross motor skills!
    July 7, 2017
    Rainbow Printables for Play-Based Learning Fun!
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  • Find three taste-safe kids activities for preschoolers or toddlers. Great for play-based learning. Get a free printable too! These are easy and so much fun!
    July 1, 2017
    3 Taste-Safe Kids Activities Using Cereal
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  • Download these awesome Rainbow activity printables and get bonus material! These activities promote fine motor skills, hand eye coordination, colour, word, and letter recognition and more!
    June 22, 2017
    Preschool Worksheets: Rainbow Play-Based Learning Activities
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  • These dice games are excellent and helpful play based learning strategies to teach numeracy (early math). Preschoolers will learn number recognition, greater than and less than, number sequencing and more!
    May 15, 2017
    Dice Games for Preschoolers: Fun ways to promote numeracy
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