today’s post aims to explain you why learning through games is so effective.
In doing this I want to ask you 2 simple questions:
1) which was your favourite activity when you were a child?
2) In what period of life do humans learn the most?
If the answers to the two questions are “Play” and “childhood” we can easily deduce that children learn most of the things by playing around. The question is: can we apply this concept to adults mindset?
Games involve a noble range of skills, such as experimenting, researching, logic, memory, curiosity and many more. They aim to provide enjoyment, increase motivation and develop tactical and strategic thinking. The problem is that many adults lose faith in games, they just feel like inappropriate during recreational activities slowing down the potential of educational games. They think that playing is a waste of time.
Have you ever attended a language class? Have you ever felt ashamed about playing with other students? I guess so!
But you should know that play is as important to our physical and mental health as getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercising. Play teaches us how to manage and transform our “negative” emotions and stress.
By giving ourselves permission to play with the joy of childhood, we can continue to reap its benefits throughout life.
If you don’t trust me, you should trust Johan Huizinga, instead. He was a Dutch historian and professor, one of the founders of modern cultural history. He makes clear that “Play is older than culture, for culture, however inadequately defined, always presupposes human society, and animals have not waited for man to teach them their playing.”
He also identified 5 characteristics that play must have:
- Play is free, is in fact freedom.
- Play is not “ordinary” or “real” life.
- Play is distinct from “ordinary” life both as to locality and duration.
- Play creates order, is order. Play demands order absolute and supreme.
- Play is connected with no material interest, and no profit can be gained from it.
Play is just a doorway to learning. When you play you create, feel challenged, pass time, calm and focus. You should also play for the fun and joy of it!
The proof of the pudding is in the eating!