The Best Activities for Children to Learn Through Play

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Learning through play is important for children of all ages, helping them to develop skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving, and creativity. Playful experiences can allow them to learn, connect, and engage with their surroundings in a variety of ways. Read on to discover the best activities for children to learn through play.

Sand play

Children have been learning through playing with sand for generations. Sand play isn’t just a lot of fun for young kids; it can also equip them with a range of skills, from number concept and knowledge of capacity and volume to fine motor development. Of course, when they’re building sandcastles alongside a friend, this also boosts their social skills, helping them learn to work as a team and share.
Little girl playing in the water

Water play

Children love water play and can spend hours splashing about, pouring, spraying and creating waves. However, there are many more benefits to playing with water than having fun. Like sand play, water play can help them to learn about basic concepts like volume. Water play activities can also help to develop and strengthen their fine and gross motor skills as well as their hand-eye coordination.


Playdough can assist a child’s learning in a wide range of ways. As they’re squishing, rolling, moulding, and sculpting the dough, they’re gaining various skills. As well as using their imagination and creativity, they’re finetuning their fine motor skills. The small muscles in the hands and fingers are becoming stronger and gaining more control. Playdough can also improve a child’s social skills, helping them learn how to share and take turns. Creative toys are the perfect goodies to have nearby to encourage, learning, playing and creativity!
Kids playing with a ball outside

Ball games

Playing catch might seem like a fun way to pass the time on a summer’s day, however, it offers many more benefits beyond simply keeping the kids entertained. Throwing, catching, rolling, kicking, and dribbling a ball can improve children’s motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and timing.  – all important aspects of development. Playing with a ball is also a great way to boost their social skills. 
Rolling it back and forth with a friend can help them to learn turn-taking skills as well as gain an understanding of cause and effect. Balls are very versatile and affordable, making them excellent toys for youngsters of all ages.


Does your child love to dance? Then they’re not alone! Many kids enjoy dancing, throwing themselves around the room to the beat of the music and not caring what they look like. Dancing comes with a whole range of benefits for children, from better physical health and improved balance and spatial awareness to greater self-confidence. There are many fun dancing games and activities for kids to be found online.
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As well as improving their fine motor skills since they’ll need to learn to hold and manoeuvre the brush, painting also helps them to gain a better understanding of colours. They will learn colours in a much more fun and practical way. Painting can also be a great way to teach them about shapes, letters and patterns. Ultimately, this activity can help them to exercise creativity, express emotions and build their self-esteem. Paints and painting accessories are widely available in the shops and online.

Dress up and role play

Dressing up has always been a favourite pastime for children, but did you know that it can also help their social and emotional development? Playing dress-up encourages creative thinking and improves communication skills. It also allows them to practice their language skills and social skills. Asking your child questions about the characters or scenes they have created will encourage them to talk, helping them to build stronger conversational abilities. Playing alongside another child or adult requires teamwork and cooperation. Fine motor skills can also benefit since many costumes have zips, buttons and snaps that need operating with their little fingers.
Little girl playing with building blocks

Building blocks

Building blocks are a powerful learning tool for kids. A classic toy, they have been helping children to develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness for hundreds of years. Playing with building blocks has also been shown to encourage critical thinking and creativity in children. There are many types of building blocks on the market, from traditional wooden blocks that stack on top of each other to brightly coloured interlocking blocks. We sell a fantastic range of building blocks here at PoundToy, at prices starting from as little as £1! They make excellent birthday and Christmas gifts.
Learning through play is a key part of a child’s development. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that your little one has sufficient playtime, preferably spent enjoying fun activities like those mentioned above. Browse our fantastic range of educational toys today. At PoundToy, we sell everything from sand and water tables to playdough, balls, and building blocks, all at amazing prices.
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