When children play, they engage both mind and body in a joyful, intrinsically motivated quest for knowledge and adventure. Play enables children to test the limits of their abilities without self-consciousness or fear of failure. It builds social confidence and problem-solving skills.*
As children get older, we may call play by other names like "tinkering," "investigation" or "hands-on learning." But if we’re talking about students who are actively engaged and driven by an internal desire to understand and re-shape the world, then we’re talking about the same thing.
"When we say play, we mean testing the boundaries, trying new things, taking risks, experimenting over and over. This type of engagement is what's going to help young people prepare for tomorrow's society."
- MIT's Mitch Resnick, speaking at the ISB Parents' University lecture series
At ISB, our goal is to create a culture of play for all ages by conscientiously combining enthusiastic teachers with inspiring resources and giving children the freedom to lead the way with their hearts, minds and hands.
*This is just the synopsis. If you are interested in the facts and figures justifying play as a pedagogical tool, check out the LEGO Foundation’s vast collection of research.