Using play to enhance learning levels and family bonding in low resource communities.
Play is one of the most powerful ways to enhance the cognitive, physical and socio-emotional growth of a child. Supportive adults guiding a child can create rich, play experiences that form a base for future learning. Sadly, this potential goes untapped as many caregivers do not see the value of play. They believe they lack the knowledge, time and resources to play with their children.
With Play Every Day, we set out to equip caregivers with the knowledge, confidence and skills to support children in meaningful play. We engaged participating families with a series of ‘play workshops’ with the aim of
• Shifting caregiver perceptions around play and learning
• Inspiring caregivers with replicable guided-play activities that used everyday objects as play material
• Empowering caregivers to guide children in learning through play
• Contributing to global knowledge of best practices for promoting playful learning
As the intervention gained momentum, it rippled out to other members of the community in play and community events. Children became agents of change with rallies and street theatre that dramatized the value of play in learning.