Next Article in Journal
Educating Informal Educators
Next Article in Special Issue
The Development of Prospective Primary School Science Teachers’ TPaCK Fostered by Innovative Science-Teacher Education
Previous Article in Journal
Do Radishes and Carrots Grow in a Bunch? Students’ Knowledge about the Growth of Food Plants and Their Ideas of a School Garden Design
Previous Article in Special Issue
Experimentation and Research in the Physics Course for the Preparation of Primary School Teachers in Naples

Play-Based Physics Learning in Kindergarten

Institute for Further Education, University of Teacher Education Bern, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
Institue for Primary Education, University of Teacher Education Bern, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
Faculty of Education, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 39042 Brixen, Italy
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Kristiina Kumpulainen
Educ. Sci. 2022, 12(5), 300;
Received: 28 February 2022 / Revised: 15 April 2022 / Accepted: 19 April 2022 / Published: 23 April 2022
This article highlights the importance of play as a learning approach in early physics education. It demonstrates the concept of an innovative didactic method that combines children’s free play with physics learning in kindergarten. This play-based learning approach enables children to experience and recognize physical laws in a self-directed, action-oriented, and playful manner. The article provides concrete insights into how kindergarten teachers can stimulate physics-related learning moments, starting from free-play situations. Moreover, it points out the teacher’s crucial role in creating suitable play environments, providing feedback in play, and facilitating sustained shared thinking after play. The article is based on the didactic development project “je-desto”, which aims to promote play-based science learning in kindergarten by familiarizing kindergarten teachers with this promising didactic approach. Accordingly, this article provides kindergarten teachers and experts in subject didactics an answer to what play-based physics learning can look in practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: play-based learning; science education; play; children; kindergarten; teacher play-based learning; science education; play; children; kindergarten; teacher
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Glauser-Abou Ismail, N.; Pahl, A.; Tschiesner, R. Play-Based Physics Learning in Kindergarten. Educ. Sci. 2022, 12, 300.

AMA Style

Glauser-Abou Ismail N, Pahl A, Tschiesner R. Play-Based Physics Learning in Kindergarten. Education Sciences. 2022; 12(5):300.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Glauser-Abou Ismail, Nathalie, Angelika Pahl, and Reinhard Tschiesner. 2022. "Play-Based Physics Learning in Kindergarten" Education Sciences 12, no. 5: 300.

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Back to TopTop