Reading PK-3

Systems Change


Free play supports learner interests and allows more complex social interactions to develop. It is important to schedule at least 30 minutes of free choice or play time for learners.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how preschoolers play and listen to them explain their perspectives on free play. By allowing learners to have agency in how they play, they participate in authentic social interactions and develop their Motivation for exploration.

  • Recess is one of the few opportunities for free play when students can explore interests and develop Social Awareness and Relationships skills by trying out ways to communicate, negotiate conflict, and solve problems. For indoors, teachers can provide different materials that encourage free play, such as clay, sand, or art materials.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    With 38 games and counting, Toca Boca empowers students to play for the sake of play. By engaging in free play through open-ended interactions, student Motivation can increase, and students can practice their Emotion and Self-regulation skills.

  • By intentionally selecting objects or materials with open-ended interaction capabilities, developers and teachers can indirectly promote free play and exploration.