It is no secret that children are more interested in learning by doing, creating and playing. Fun physical activities allow children to explore the world around them, discover different perspectives, express themselves, share reactions and observations.

We are taught to learn, and it starts a young age. And creative activities like art, games and songs where children have the chance to ‘do’ rather then observe are important tools for young children to explore, engage and learn about the world around them.

The act of doing activities provides a safe space to explore, to be curious about their world. Learning not only how to interact with others, but also learning how to learn. And if it is fun and engaging – to foster a life-long love of learning.

When it comes to learning another language, activity-based learning can help children understand more than just words – it can help put in context the cultural differences, because language and culture are so closely intertwined.

Language and physical activities can complement and assist each other

Learn and play classes encourage children to learn and explore language and culture through song, dance, stories and play.

On the surface what looks like play can foster critical thinking skills and curiosity to connect through similarities, and be curious and not afraid to engage with ideas that are different.

Different languages aren’t always as straight-forward as replacing one word with a different word. Language is a complex system of concepts that can also shape the way we think.

Language can be a different way of understanding the world

Learning another language is a process that requires those learning to see, do and experience. Through games and art, children can connect their experiences and understand the differences. To play traditional games as part of a festival from another country is exciting, but also provides the space to understand a small part of someone else’s history and make learning fun. All through playing a simple children’s game.

Learning by doing becomes an instrument to teach kids much more than just a language. Fun physical activities allow children to explore the world around them and importantly, to be curious.

By creating a space where our children are safe and encouraged to be curious of those whose experience of the world is different, we are shaping a future that embraces diversity and fosters a love of learning.


Ella Chinese Tutoring, a Brisbane-based tutor who teaches Mandarin privately and also through local Day Care Centres.

Ella teaches language and culture through songs and games. Her classes are designed to teach children curiosity in the world around them and to embrace, celebrate and understand differences.