Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


This thesis focuses on the understanding of hands on learning in the setting of primary grades. Play and exploration is a natural form of learning that students have been doing all their lives. With the available different types of play, each one can be applied to the classroom setting as well. As kindergarten was first designed to be based around play, it is essential to get back to that form of teaching and learning so that educators are more confident about meeting the needs of all young learners. Play-based learning provides a space where students can grow cognitively as well as socially in a setting that feels natural and safe to them. Through the use of hands on learning in primary classrooms, educators of young students are providing students with a solid foundation for their educational careers to come.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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