Unstructured play is what we call playtime where children are given the reins. As the name suggests, there is no real structure or set play activity for them to complete which helps them to explore their own ideas, experiment and develop their creativity. Role play is great for unstructured play as are craft resources and cooking ingredients. This blog is written by a guest blogger RGS Guildford School and shares more on the importance of unstructured play.

Social Skills

Unstructured play involves guess work for children as they will explore the world around them and their ideas. It promotes teamwork as they will need to communicate with you and others around them.


Going back to the point made above, unstructured play pushes children to use their imagination and create games of their own. 

Problem Solving

Also, in executing their ideas they may come across a few problems. They will need to be resourceful and use their imagination to problem solve and think of a way forward.


Problems can be emotionally challenging to deal with, so having exposure to these sorts of situations can be really beneficial for children and help them to develop resilience.

Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is also needed. As they are in control, your child will have to make decisions and evaluate various options.

Fine Motor Skills

We use what are known as fine motor skills on a daily basis to grip, hold and pinch. They require the smaller muscles found in the hands, feet, and toes and by exploring different materials, your child will practise these movements and strengthen the corresponding tissues.

We hope that you found this blog helpful. There are more articles like this in our collection of blogs and also on the RGS Guildford blog (link below):