The science of play

Take yourself, add your kids and a bit of play, and EVERYONE is happier. It’s a simple equation, and one that we embrace in everything that we do at Eureka!

The many benefits of play have been much analyzed since the 19th Century when Friedrich Froebel, a German educator, first identified the value of learning through play. Froebel felt that educational play involved the child in feeling, observing, developing a sense of form, space, time and movement – this inspired him to open the world’s first ‘play and activity centre’ back in 1837.

These practices were reinforced in the 20th century by Swiss developmental psychologist and philosopher Jean Piaget, who identified the cognitive benefits for children when they learn through active exploration.

Through play, children can:

  • Explore their world, take risks, make mistakes, and achieve
  • Learn to use their imaginations and creativity
  • Express themselves and develop individuality
  • Build relationships with each other and the adults in their lives
  • Develop emotionally, physically, and intellectually
  • Explore choice, control and freedom

To read more about the science of play visit our What is Play? and Learning Through Play resources.