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.

© 2020 by Play Learning Lab



Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

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

Writing Centre

Playful Learning

Learning Goals: Literacy, Emergent Writing, Communication, Expression


  • Students write letters, make cards, create stories, or any other form of expression to communicate their ideas on paper at the Writing Centre.

  • Writing can take many different forms. Children can use drawing, symbols, and inventive spelling to write and communicate their ideas.

  • Placing the writing centre near classroom resources, such as a word wall or alphabet chart, will help facilitate children’s writing.

  • Educators can engage with children in the writing centre to support and extend children’s writing development.

Suggested Resource(s):

  • Paper

  • Coloured paper

  • Lined paper

  • Variety of writing instruments (pencils, markers, etc.)

  • Display examples of student work

  • Writing resources (e.g. name cards, sight word wall, alphabet strip, etc.)

Why is it Playful Learning?

  • The educator created the learning centre with a specific goal in mind; to write letters.

  • Within this centre, the children decided what to write and how they would use the materials while the educator interacted with the children to support and extend their writing.