Is Bridge to Learn play-based?

Is Bridge to Learn play-based?

Although there is no one definition, play-based learning is described in the Early Years Learning Framework as 'a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they actively engage with people, objects and representations'.  

Activities in Bridge to Learn will help your child to develop skills, and in turn, their creativity and confidence. To provide a few examples, some are featured below:

Toy Kits

  • Gross motor coordination - Roll & Play game for movement 
  • Fine motor coordination - reaching, constructing and stacking 
  • Social - number and word games, programming game and building puzzles
  • Emotional - interacting with friends and family members, role play 
  • Cognitive - thinking games, moving and acting games
  • Language - encouragement of communication while playing with toys
  • Curiosity - children are encouraged to discover for themselves through play


  • Encouragement of play is a strong and essential element embedded throughout all Storybooks
  • Play is further emphasised in the poems which are featured at the end of each Storybook
  • Imagination (the little green fish) along with the other characters, supports fun play throughout all Storybooks
  • The 'Expression through Creative Arts' storybook specifically encourages play through dance, movement, music and drama, etc.

Learning Books

  • The Support and Supervision (in each book) outlines numerous activities that are play-based and fun 
  • Perceptual Development - sing, dramatise, draw in the sand with sticks, touch your toes, roll like a ball and play with dolls or jointed figures
  • Phonics - move like the letter 's' for snake, form a letter shape with your body, eg. 'c for cat' 
  • Early Writing - playing with squirting toys, shaping letters with play-dough and drawing letters in shaving foam
  • Numeracy Basics and Numeracy Fun - playing leads to learning, numeracy development is a social process, eg. playing hopscotch, ten-pin bowling, measuring, baking and shopping
  • Rhyming Words - rhymes develop a sense of humour, eg. 'the pig with a wig did a jig on a big rig' 
  • High-Frequency and Sight Words - play a game by mixing up the word sequencing, use a torch to highlight words, sing and act out the poems and 'sing-songs' 
  • A Bridge to Reading - act out short phrases, record and play back fun tongue-twisters