Khel Planet Foundation
Play for 21st century life skills. Khel Planet Foundation is an education social enterprise that nurtures 21st century life skills in children to prepare them…
Opinion | Let the Kids Learn Through Play (Published 2015)
“Play is often perceived as immature behavior that doesn’t achieve anything,” says David Whitebread, a psychologist at Cambridge University who has studied the topic for decades. “But it’s essential to their development. They need to learn to persevere, to control attention, to control emotions. Kids learn these things through playing.”
Paper planes competition to introduce basics of design thinking - Khel Planet - Play for 21st century life skills I An Education Non-profit
This week our children engaged in a friend paper plane design competition. we introduced children to paper planes! The challenge: who can create a paper plane that can fly farthest. Some of them were trying to make paper planes for the first time. They struggled, learnt, help each other and actively participated. Three rounds were conducted and each time the children improvised on the previous design.
Workshop at Guild of Service school - Khel Planet - Play for 21st century life skills I An Education Non-profit
Though we have done our life-skills based workshops in several schools now, we had our own apprehensions when we entered the auditorium of Guild of Service school at Anna Nagar. The school hosts differently abled children. The kids were all assembled, enthusiastic and keeping calm to know what we are going to do. We went ahead with a warm-up mirror exercises, Build a school and Build a scene sessions. The teachers were extremely sportive to participate in all demonstrations to children.
Learning to create their own games - Khel Planet - Play for 21st century life skills I An Education Non-profit
Learning to create their own games. We did a 3 day camp on scratch programming for children from the Vidyaniketan school. Scratch is simple programming language developed by MIT for kids to learn programming without having to write any code. Apart from learning the basics (What’s with kids and “Under the sea”. They never get bored of it!), the kids had wonderful time learning to make a maze based game. http://khelplanet.org/learning-to-create-their-own-games/
Kho kho time - Khel Planet - Play for 21st century life skills I An Education Non-profit
Kho kho time. We organized two Kho Kho playing sessions in last two weeks with the same group of children. While some children were already familiar with this tag game, others were playing it the first time. The first session was a learning experience for them. The team which thought that they were a strong team, lost the game since they were not playing as a team. In the second session, children had learnt their lesson on working together. http://khelplanet.org/kho-kho-time/
Gradual release of responsibility during story telling - Khel Planet - Play for 21st century life skills I An Education Non-profit
Gradual release of responsibility during story telling. We had several engaging storytellers in this session. Children loved it and were immersed in the stories. Children were little hesitant to create their own stories and then Ariana used the principle of Gradual Release of Responsibility to get them started. She started the story, and then invited the children to join in and build the story further. By the end, many children attempted to make their own stories.
Do you know what a game of tug-o-war can bring out in kids? - Khel Planet - Play for 21st century life skills I An Education Non-profit
Do you know what a game of tug-a-war can bring out in kids? The team of girls kept mum when the boys decided that they did not want girls in their team and would rather play boys vs. girls in a game of tug-a-war. The girls won the first round and then the second and then the third. When the workshop facilitator asked the boys to consider their losing status and team up with girls, this time the girls spoke up.They very vehemently and confidently refused to include boys in their team.
Every player in the team matters! - Khel Planet - Play for 21st century life skills I An Education Non-profit
In this week’s session with children, they played a fun tag game, the Dragon, where they were divided into two teams. Each team’s task was to try and tag the other team’s players who would then have to leave own team and join the tagging team. If the team members were not in sync they stood to lose a lot. After the initial arguments, it brought together the spirit of working together in children. http://khelplanet.org/every-player-in-the-team-matters/