The Art and Science of Play


Children are natural investigators. As infants, they learn to pick up and examine objects and crawl around to explore the world. When they begin to daydream, they imagine searching the depths of the ocean, traveling to distant planets and going back in time to see dinosaurs. Children’s minds are wired for STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), and they are naturally fascinated by those subjects and enjoy exploring them.

Introducing STEAM concepts in early childhood helps children develop a strong foundation for their future education and a passion for learning. We build on children’s curiosity by incorporating STEAM learning into play-based activities to make STEAM accessible and fun. 
When children build a castle with blocks, they are not just playing; they are developing engineering, creativity and critical-thinking skills. When children play with blocks together, they are strengthening their communication and collaboration skills. 



Our F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) is based on academic research that shows children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun.

Play allows children to imagine and experience new situations and learn from them (Brown & Vaughan, 2009). When children play house, they can safely try on the roles of parents or spouses. This type of play develops empathy, communication skills and the ability to solve problems creatively. 

Play involves experimenting with different activities, such as drawing or sculpting with modeling clay (White, 2012). Engaging in these playful activities helps children become more creative, which helps them learn how to solve different problems (Roskos & Christie, 2000).

When children participate in a wide variety of high-quality play experiences, they are better prepared for life. This is why The Goddard School is the best childhood preparation for social and academic success; we ensure children have fun while learning the skills they need to become school-ready, career-ready and life-ready. 

Brown, S. & Vaughan, C. (2009). Play: How it shapes the brain, opens the imagination and invigorates the soul. New York, NY: Avery.

Roskos, K. A. & Christie, J. F. (2000). Play and literacy in early childhood: Research from multiple perspectives. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

White, R. E. (2012). The power of play: A research summary on play and learning. Retrieved from


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