Experiential learning can be defined as kids (and adults!) learning through exploring, experiencing, creating, discovering, relating to and interacting with the world around them.
This form of learning is unstructured, without rules or time limits, and involves little adult guidance. Kids are allowed to learn naturally, on their own terms. Experiential learning can occur via activities such as playing outdoors, imaginative or pretend play, creative expression through art, music and dance, exploration of nature and the child’s surrounding environment.
Experiencing the world independently helps kids think for themselves. By doing so, they gain a sense of achievement and improved confidence that can help deepen the parent-child bond as families share in the pride of reaching important milestones. Experiential learning happens beyond the structure of a classroom curriculum and is available to every child at home, at playtime, on holiday or at weekends.
Today, many kids partake in fewer unstructured experiences than their parents did as children. This is a result of many factors, from advanced technology (toys, TV, video games, internet and social networking) to parental fears over safety, hygiene and a lack of quality play spaces.
We all are aware of the fact that kids learn the best while playing and having hands-on experience. In the era of multiple distractions and extra protective parents, it has been pretty tricky for the kids to have practical, real-life experiences that people from our generation had while playing outside and discovering stuff independently. Well, the deficiency can be fulfilled through Experiential learning.
Experiential learning is based on learning things by experiencing, experimenting, creating, interacting, and practically indulging in simple activities in the surroundings.
The main steps of experiential learning are: experiencing, observing, analysing, and experimenting.