Makedo and play
The one thing we’re told time and time again by educators is that Makedo is really fun.
It’s the reason they think it’s such a hit in the classroom.
We’re big believers in the importance of play here at Makedo, which is why we made it easy for students to just dive right in.
While the educational benefits of play are well established, play itself can be tricky to define.
Playful learning can be active and hands-on, individual or collaborative, both exploratory and discovery-led or a guided and project-based inquiry. Whatever way you choose to teach it, play helps students make sense of their world.
And using Makedo to design and build imaginative creations only supports imaginative play experiences — for example, a child who ‘makes-believe’ in a cardboard crane they’ve constructed is using imagination while they pretend to be a crane operator or an engineer.
Pretend play shows thought at a symbolic and abstract level. So in addition to the obvious and well-known benefits of play (e.g. social/emotional), a broad range of professionals from education, the sciences and the arts are becoming increasingly vocal about the importance of pretend play for developing creative and innovative thinkers and problem solvers.
Many teachers express concerns that there is no longer much time to play but using Makedo in the classroom is an excellent way to ensure children have meaningful (and fun) ways to play and learn at the same time.
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