We are the Play Learning Lab, run by Dr. Angela Pyle at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto.

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Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

45 Walmer Road, Room 320
Toronto, ON M5R 2X2

What is free play ?

In free play, children direct their own play and determine the resources that are used. There is little to no teacher involvement in the structure of the play.


Why do teachers use it?

Teachers encourage the use of free play in the classroom to foster self-regulation, independence, and self-motivated learning.

What are some examples ?
  • Pretend play & socio-dramatic play
  • Constructive play

Pretend Play & Socio-Dramatic Play

Dramatic Play

Constructive Play


Using Sensory Materials