Why we should let children play

Children develop high-order responsibility by playing because they approach play just like adults approach work.

We have often heard that “play is a child’s work”. Attributed to renowned child psychologist Jean Piaget, we early childhood educators see the magic of these words being lived out every day in a preschool setting. Last month, I wrote on play among peers as the central component to helping develop creativity, imagination and problem-solving techniques. According to the Montessori philosophy (as shown in the graphic below), integrated play is called experiential learning. Through playing and working, children develop high-order responsibility as they regard their tasks as serious work the way adults approach tasks—now you know why a …


Arati Nanavati

Arati is an early childhood education specialist who is passionate about working with young minds in their formative years. Before joining the education sector in 2015, she had stints in the corporate world and was a full-time parent briefly. Currently, she is handling the school excellence function at a leading pre-school chain, where she helps build curricula, trains teachers and audits centres, besides conducting parenting workshops.