The Academic Benefits of a Play Based Pedagogy in Elementary Education

Play Based Pedagogy


  • Mary Anne Langton Judith Herb College of Education


pedagogy, academic development, Emergent literacy, balanced literacy instruction, instructional practice, play-based, direct instruction


Children learn naturally through exploring their environment. There are many academic benefits for young children in a play-based classroom. The benefit of play supports children’s development in five domains: physical, language, social, emotional, and cognitive. Teachers can support a deeper level of learning by implementing a play-based learning classroom. A teacher’s perspectives and roles have a significant impact on their student’s learning. There are many innovative types of play that can be implemented in the classroom. When children can make choices in their learning it will indirectly increase their cognitive academic skills. Play is holistic and supports the whole child and their individual needs. 

Keywords:  play-based pedagogy, developmental domains, implementation and facilitating play, teachers’ perspectives and roles, theorists


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How to Cite

Langton, M. A. (2023). The Academic Benefits of a Play Based Pedagogy in Elementary Education: Play Based Pedagogy. Learning to Teach Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Through Research and Practice, 12(1). Retrieved from