• No Worksheets Allowed


Updated: May 5

I decided to start a blog about the alternatives to worksheets due to the steady decline in hands on learning. The increased pressure on teachers to constantly assess and report has left precious little time for implementing a creative curriculum. Do we really want our children sitting and learning how to robotically answer questions for tests? Add to that the covid pandemic and millions of kids worldwide being forced to embark on digital learning - has experiential learning become a thing of the past?

letter fly swat activity
Swat a Letter

The Importance of Hands on Learning

After 18 years of teaching in a range of schools and 3 amazing boys of my own, I have an in depth understanding of children of different ages, different abilities and different learning styles. I know that worksheets are fine in moderation but that the real learning comes from 'doing'! Here are some well known quotes about learning through play:

'Play is the highest form of research' - Albert Einstein, physicist

'Play is the work of the child' - Maria Montessori, physician and educator

'In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behaviour. In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.' - Lev Vygotsky, psychologist

Children are not designed to sit still for long periods of time. A typical 4 year old can concentrate for 8 to 20 minutes. This is why learning needs to be hands on, fun and engaging!

grammar activity
Fortune Teller Grammar Activity

Help with Hands On Learning

The first thing that people often want to know about hands-on learning is how much preparation will it entail and how much will it cost?

Don't panic - I can help in so many ways! I can show you that hands-on learning needn't be expensive. You probably already have a huge amount of resources which can be used or adapted. I will also show you that activities can be set up just as quickly as the time it takes to copy a worksheet! After all, don't we owe it to our children: to help them to develop a love of learning and to create a positive experience of school?

doubles activity
Doubles Mirror Activity

Hands On Learning Resources

Visit the shop for a range of hands on digital downloads, learning resources and books.

You might also be interested in the following blog posts:

Hands on Learning Activities and Ideas

8 Great Websites for Hands On Learning

Tell us why you love hands on learning in the comments below!

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