Children’s spiritual development through play during the Covid-19 pandemic: a Froebelian perspective

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This is paper presentation to the European Early Childhood Research Association Conference 2022 held by University of Strathclyde Glasgow.

The study reveals role of play as 'unifying mechanism' in nurturing children's spirituality (Froebel 1887; Bruce 1987) during the pandemic. Children's fears/worries about Coronavirus were incorporated into play, where they were negotiating with imaginary worlds, creating lines of enquiries, and seeking for inner peace for themselves and others. Through the Froebelian lens, this study reveals unique findings about the role of play in nurturing children's spirituality during the pandemic. This has implications for early childhood pedagogy beyond the pandemic in addressing spirituality as key part of children's holistic learning.

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Period23 Aug 202225 Aug 2022
Held atEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Association
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • spirituality, play, friendships, Froebelian perspective, wellbeing