This short article defining play-based learning outlines strategies for fostering a play-based learning environment.
This longitudinal study included preschool students from 10 countries and identified how process and structuralcharacteristics of the preschool settings at age 4 are related to their age 7 cognitive and language performance. The study concluded that children in settings where free choice activities predominated had significantly better language performance at age 7.
This online article has basic information on a child's motivational stages for caregivers. Children who have been allowed choice in activities display higher levels of intrinsic motivation. They typically demonstrate higher levels of concentration and persistence, are more likely to choose challenging tasks, show less dependence on adults, and display more satisfaction with their work.