Observe, plan, instruct: How a teacher intentionally meets standards through play
Playful learning combines open ended experiences, child directed initiatives, and teacher guided activities. Although children may not fully understand the broader ideas they are exploring while playing, play provides experiences that contribute to their present knowledge, and abilities that they will rely on when solving in the future.
Source: NAEYC, Young Children, Vol. 73, No. 1, March 2018