Playful learning - the relaxed way to succeed

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Playful learning - the relaxed way to succeed

The next training course is coming up: Do you really need to learn more? That just reminds you of your school days. You also had a hard time in some subjects. But why are you so negative? Playful learning can be a lot of fun. Just try it the relaxed way. With children, you can see how it works. And for adults, there are also tips for learning through play. How to increase your Motivation and look forward to improving your skills.

Learning through play: the advantages for young and old

When younger kids learn through play, you get all envious. Every day they expand their knowledge many times over. In fact, you can still learn through play as an adult, provided you reawaken your childlike curiosity.

Playing for success, that sounds good. It also has some important advantages:

  • The playful learning is fun and motivating,
  • even the difficult topics don't seem so complicated when you approach them playfully,
  • you expand your horizons,
  • you are more open with your fellow human beings,
  • success can be better measured,
  • the learners and also the teachers benefit from a better overall atmosphere.

What is learning through play? Definition and methods

Learning is the acquisition of knowledge, insights and skills. Playful learning methods combine cramming or training with casual elements that are enjoyable.

Young children who learn through play are often unaware that there is a learning goal behind it. Here, the mixture of play and education is a preparation for later schooling. Often, learning through play is also combined with action-oriented exercises. The focus is on holistic and child-oriented learning techniques.

Typical examples of learning through play are interactive games and museum visits. Here, the learning material is linked to activities. This allows learners to internalize the knowledge or skills well. At the same time, there is the possibility of small competitions and tests in apps or game shows.

A few useful educational games for young and old:

  • Topic-based quiz games become a relaxed knowledge test for students,
  • Learning computer games train motor skills and also the quick comprehension of information,
  • Question and answer sessions help with collaborative learning,
  • Encourage role play Learning processes,
  • Action Learning supports the Personality Development and ability to work in a team,
  • Outdoor training strengthens the Self-confidence and motivation,
  • Theater games stimulate creativity.

In elementary school lessons, other playful methods can be used to repeat the learning material. Perhaps a Child the teacher role for ten minutes. Active games - musical chairs or throwing a ball - help the children to get moving and can be combined with spelling or simple arithmetic tasks.

For older students, games like Taboo are suitable, but also loosening up exercises. When adults learn through play, a ball game shows that the link between movement and learning effect also works here.

Learning methods

Learning through play: how it makes learning more effective and fun

When you learn something in a playful way, you feel less stressed. Play creates a certain balance and distracts you from the actual purpose. So you can relax better and also stay mentally agile.

So it's no wonder that modern gaming techniques are also in demand in management courses. Here they increase creativity and thus also motivation. As a result, participants are more relaxed and also learn better.

Playful learning methods are therefore not only popular in schools, but also in adult education. If you want to further your professional education, you will make much faster progress with playful learning. The learning load doesn't make you flinch, because you know that learning can be fun - if you approach it the right way.

Playful learning for children: tips and tricks to motivate the offspring

Children who learn through play remain curious for a long time - in the best case, into adulthood. They also benefit from a strong self-confidence in their holistic abilities.

But how can motivation and childlike curiosity be encouraged?

For this, it is important that the learning material is age-appropriate and remains within the framework. Schoolchildren learn through new experiences that expand existing knowledge. Optimally, this works quite differently from passive absorption in classic frontal teaching. Instead, they are expected to make connections themselves in order to properly understand the new learning material. In this way, students think for themselves and move from familiar things to new topics.

"Try it", with this trick many students can be motivated. Just give it a try. If it doesn't work, that's no drama, then you just have to make a Other solution her. Teachers can, of course, support their students and provide guidance. Ideally, the school class will reach the goal together.

Social interaction promotes togetherness, for example in an experiment with the whole class. Another motivational tip calls on schoolchildren to help shape the learning process. Some students literally blossom when they themselves have an influence on the learning processes. By the way, you can see how well this can work in some school comedies. These may be fictional stories, but the learning successes in "Fack ju Göhte" and similar films are not entirely plucked out of thin air.

One of the most important factors is the enjoyment of learning. This grows with curiosity and interest in the subject. Not every subject seems important at first glance, but sometimes it makes sense to learn logical thinking. A small example: If you solve a math problem that has nothing to do with everyday life, you'll still be proud of it.

Learning through play for adults: ideas and techniques for lifelong learning

In adult education, more and more trainers are relying on Game-based Learning (GLB). This Learning method has proven to be very effective. This is because learning games lighten the mood. They train memory and strengthen the ability to concentrate. Depending on the type of game, they can also improve planning and Conflict skills improve

Methodical and playful learning with these "serious games" brings together entertainment elements and knowledge. In some cases, the aim is to master specific challenges. Other learning techniques work with repetition and interactive scenes. This method works very well when learning a foreign language.

There are also special learning games for exam preparation. Here, it is not always just about imparting knowledge, but also about training goal-oriented and creative actions.

Based on these games and the results, instructors can teach the Learning success in detail. At a glance, they can see whether there is still a need to catch up in some subjects.

Digital learning games and apps: technological possibilities for learning through play

For children and adults who want to learn through play, there are a variety of digital learning games and mobile apps. The practical thing is: You can use such apps during small breaks to improve your reaction time or to practice some vocabulary.

Some of the educational game software are online games, but there are also installed games that work without the Internet. Some of them are free of charge, but others have a monthly fee.

Digital vocabulary learning apps that allow you to hear the correct pronunciation are very popular. Asterisks as a reward increase motivation - especially among children. With other apps, incorrect answers are not only checked off, but explained.

The funny dragon Kokosnuss helps younger children learn through play. The interactive learning app Anton accompanies students up to the Abitur and is suitable for smartphone, tablet and PC. You can find out how good the digital learning games really are in the corresponding reviews.

For fun learning, there's also MOOC - that's Massive Open Online Course. These innovative video courses work online and interactively. They also include digital exams.

Learning through play: the importance for lifelong education

School stress or pressure to perform at work - there are always good reasons to learn new things. But when learning problems already arise at school, help is needed. Events like the Learning Experience Day at Greator show you interesting possibilities. If you want to learn through play, you'll have a lot of fun - and keep developing. So it's worth it!


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