The following playful teaching strategies are integral to fostering creativity and thinking in early learners. Playful teaching is vital if playful learning is to occur.
- Treat the questions asked by children with respect as they often involve imaginative playful thinking.
- Provide play opportunities for extended periods of time to allow ideas to develop and merge. Play often reflects “high cognitive challenge”.
- Immerse children in a warm and nurturing learning environment.
- Innovation is encouraged as teachers probe growing understanding by helping children to make strong and playful connections.
- Imaginative thinking about what might be can lead to children inventing imaginary worlds. Children are the decision makers about the feasibility of ideas, content of learning tasks and how the tasks are implemented.
- Ensure there are opportunities to use technology to support their explorations and record their findings.
- Self-determination and risk taking promote children’s agency and responsibility. A safe and secure learning environment encourages independence in decision making with children's contributions being valued. Learning from experience is encouraged, empowering the child and enabling him/her to move confidently into original and creative spaces. (Morgan and Kennewell, 2006; Craft, 2007, p.5)