1st Edition

A Practical Guide to Play in Education Primary School and Beyond

By Michelle Simpson Copyright 2025
    178 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    178 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The benefits of play for children’s learning are well documented and well researched. The evidence for its positive impact on brain development, social interactions, emotional wellbeing, and motor skills is widespread. So, why should this practice stop after the early years?

    A Practical Guide to Play in Education encourages teachers to reflect on their practice and consider how a play-based approach may enhance their teaching. It provides realistic, accessible ideas and resources to incorporate into practice while giving evidence to back up this approach.

     Divided into three clear sections, readers are guided through:

    • An introduction to play in education, including theory, benefits and potential challenges.
    • Putting it into practice, such as setting up the classroom, resources for play and adopting a playful ethos in a realistic and accessible way.
    • Lesson plans in a variety of subjects, spanning from numeracy, to literacy, to health and wellbeing.

    This unique and practical book highlights the importance of play in helping children develop skills to support their future and demonstrates how this approach can be seamlessly integrated into teaching styles across primary and early secondary.

    Introduction;  Section 1;  Chapter 1 – What is Play?;  Chapter 2 – Benefits of a Play-Based Approach;  Chapter 3 – Play Beyond the Early Years;  Chapter 4 – Principles in Action;  Chapter 5 – Barriers with Solutions;  Chapter 6 – Record Keeping;  Section 2;  Chapter 7 – Setting the Scene;  Chapter 8 – Resources;  Chapter 9 – Creating a Playful Ethos;  Section 3;  Chapter 10 – Numeracy & Maths;  Chapter 11 – Literacy;  Chapter 12 – STEAM;  Chapter 13 – Health & Wellbeing;  Chapter 14 – Other Subject Areas;  Chapter 15 – Project-Based Learning;  Chapter 16 – Continuous Provision;  Chapter 17 – Concluding Thoughts


    Michelle Simpson has worked with children for almost 30 years, with over half of that time as a teacher specializing in supporting learners and inclusion. Still in the classroom, she enjoys developing new pedagogical approaches which enhance inclusion, engagement, and overall enjoyment of learning and teaching.