Appealing to all senses, Drama is an inclusive activity that suits all types of intelligence and learning styles, stimulating creativity through the body, increasing self-awareness and expression, boosting self-esteem, promoting collaboration, supporting the psychomotor development of children at the same time that encourages critical thinking and improves problem-solving. Drama is a powerful tool for teaching and learning because it turns 'playing' into a framework for the knowledge to settle.
Being playful means to think outside the box; to explore; to become more flexible and responsive to what is right in front of you. Professionals of all kinds need this skill to stand out in their field of work, and there is a window in a person's life in which imagination and creativity can be truly expanded and nurtured, and those are the years of Primary School.
“Play should be part of education. What we want is to get the UK government to encourage more playful learning in schools, rather than testing. If children are being taught with standardised assessments and results, those children will expect to receive assignments and be led towards pre-defined goals for the rest of their lives. [...] But the skills you need now as an adult are collaboration, problem solving and coming up with ideas. In that sense, play is critical. You use your imagination to plan things, to predict outcomes, to understand how to solve a problem by looking at it from different perspectives."
Lego’s global head of research, Bo Stjerne Thomsen, says the foundation wants to ‘encourage more playful learning in schools, rather than testing’.