Learning by Play

Turkish Teacher Fatma Oral, October 29, 2021

Children accept play as a serious business and explore the world through play. Playing is one of the most beautiful tools that support learning while contributing to the physical, social and mental development of children.

Teach children basic information, especially in early childhood. Games are often used to teach. Gaming:

  • Increases focus time,

  • Reinforces learning,

  • Makes learning topic more interesting,

  • Increases teamwork ,

  • Enhances communication.

Games, which vary according to children's age and developmental characteristics, are of vital importance for children's development. Children actively learn the knowledge and skills they may need in their lives through the game. Especially spontaneous games support the formation of strong communication skills between the child and the adults accompanying him. Regardless of their achievements, each game contributes to the child's assimilation of people and nature. Team games, classic games and pencil and paper games… We can say that each of them creates a space for the child's self-expression and healthy development. Let's take a look at what kind of games you can play together.

Memory What?

Materials: Own photographs for each participant.

How to Play?

- Each participant brings a photo of a memorable day.

- Showing the photo to the person to his right, he asks “What do you think the memory of this photo is?”.

- The person on the other hand tells the memory by guessing.

- The participant shares the memory in the photo.

- Each participant brings the same number of photographs as desired. The game lasts until the photos are gone.


- Strengthens communication skills, gives participants the opportunity to get to know each other closely.

- Supports self-expression skills.

Road Game

Materials: A large piece of paper, pen, a prize for the child to love.

How to Play?

- Draw a path on a large piece of paper. You can paint whatever you want around this road. For example: like trees, houses and animals.

- Draw some obstacles while drawing the path or use objects as obstacles. For example: a red light, a bridge, a tree branch falling on the road, a cat standing on the road, etc. Here you can create as many obstacles as you want.

- Specify the start and end point of the path. Place a prize at the end that the child will love. It can be a tiny toy or a favorite fruit.

- Choose a pawn and place it at the starting point.

- When the child overcomes the obstacles and reaches the end of the road, give him the prize.


- Develops problem-solving skills.

- Allows him to explore different perspectives.

- Helps develop new cognitive abilities.


Materials : Sticky note paper and pen.

How to Play?

- Draw some objects on small sticky papers. For example: flower, leaf, tree, sun etc.

- Fold the papers in half and throw them into a jar/bowl.

- One of the participants chooses a piece of paper in the bowl and, without looking at the picture on the paper, opens the paper and sticks it on his forehead.

- The participant tries to explain the picture on the paper to the other person without saying the word itself.


- Contributes to social relations and communication skills.

- Strengthens communication skills.

Knotted Rope Game

Materials: A ball of yarn in as many colors as the number of groups.

How to Play

- Participants are divided into pairs.

- Each group is given a ball of different colors.

- Each group shuffles the ball in two minutes by tying knots that are not too tight.

- When two minutes are up, they give the ball to a different group.

- Groups try to untangle the knots to open the ball. The first group to untie all the nodes wins the game.


- Develops problem solving skills.

- Can experience different social roles in life.

- Helps to reinforce concepts such as sharing, cooperation and making agreements.

- It has an effect on self-control skills such as waiting and patience.

- Supports leadership skill.

Fatma Oral

Turkish Teacher