Hello! Welcome to our humble site :) This is a dedicated space to share what we have learnt about play-based learning for young children through our journeys as mothers. Here at Beans PlayBox, we strive to share simple and inexpensive activities that are engaging and fun for your little ones!
Play based learning is... to learn, while at play. It involves child directed free play or guided play with some adult involvement to extend additional learning opportunities. As full time working mums, we struggled with how we could fully utilise the precious few hours we had each day with our child. How do we engage and develop them while bonding with them? We did not like the idea of giving them an iPad / phone, or making them sit down in front of the TV for entertainment. Yes, perhaps learning does take place but we are also skeptical on the long-term effects of starting children early on smart devices. More critically, where is the bonding in these? Our children are bonding with their screens, not us!
We started our journey as play-based learning educators... to bond with our little ones. Through the process of play based learning, they are making sense of the world around them. They develop active exploration skills, problem solving, social, cognitive skills and so much more! Play based learning also helps to develop their self confidence and independency level, elements required to engage in new experiences and environments. The most important value we see in this is the parent-child bonding as we engage in the play process. We hope that you gain some inspiration and ideas for your children here, just like we have benefitted from many others.
♥ Happy Playing and Learning! ♥ xoxo, Denise & Sara