What is best for your child, Traditional learning or Play-based learning?

July 31, 2017

As a parent, every decision you make is crucial for your child’s future. From what to feed her to what education she should get – everything you decide will have a long-term impact on her life. For ages, the biggest decision has been ‘education’ and it continues to stress parents even today; especially after introduction of varied teaching philosophies and researches.

Lately, the question parents have been asking is – Which education is better, play-based or traditional? Let’s dive deeper and understand the difference between the two.


Play based learningTraditional learning
Emphasis on physical, moral, emotional and internal motivation through play.Play-based learning for pre-school and rote learning in elementary levels.
Personalised curriculum and child-centred learning. One-to-one interaction with teacher.Teacher-centred learning.
Encourages self-discipline through active learning.Teacher enforces discipline through punishments and rewards.
The child learns concepts with his/her own self-learning tools, thereby improving recall.The teacher teaches the concept.
It encourages self-correction and self-discovery.The child works on the errors pointed out by the teacher.
Repetition of the work he/she likes to do and internal sense of success reinforces learning.Repetition, rewards, and punishments reinforces learning.
Multi-sensory learning materials enhance motor skills.Only auditory learning and visual examples.


Traditional schooling is managed and directed by the teacher giving children limited choice. On the other hand, play-based teaching allows the child to choose from the repertoire. It puts emphasis on the strengths of the child and encourages the child to excel in it.
In the traditional method, all children follow a set time table and they learn through teaching and listening to the lessons and speak only when the teacher asks participation. Play-based methods are child-centric which egg on one-to-one interaction with the teacher. The learning is supported first on realism to enable the child to make a differentiation between make believe and real, unlike traditional way which first supports makes believe.
What does research have to say about these two methods?
Lack of freedom to choose in a traditional method often leads to stress and feeling of inferiority complex if the child fails to meet the standards. The child loses interest and motivation in learning if there is an academic burden. This also leads to behavioral problems compared to the peers. The best way to let the child learn optimally is through play. The child’s ability to self-regulate, self-discovery, and learning through games becomes greatest predictors of life-long success.

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