Author: Alysia Marshall-Seslar

Hello, I'm Alysia (uh-lee-shuh), a developmental therapist for infants and toddlers with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Special Education. As the founder of Well Beings with Alysia, I'm demystifying child development for parents and early educators. Learn how to introduce the play-based activities, books, nature materials, and toys I use in classrooms and early intervention. Contact me: alysia@wellbeingswithalysia.com
The Magic of Loose Parts: FAQs for Teachers & Parents

The Magic of Loose Parts: FAQs for Teachers & Parents

Key Points Loose parts are open-ended materials that hold no specific instructions or designated use in play. They are items that children can move, manipulate, and combine in countless ways, encouraging imaginative play and exploration. I’ve already shared a comprehensive list of loose parts materials (check out that post for a FREE PDF download). But now, let’s…

10 Benefits of Block Play: Unlock the Power of Blocks

10 Benefits of Block Play: Unlock the Power of Blocks

Discover the ten benefits of block play and learn how simple building activities support all learning domains. From fostering creativity and problem-solving to promoting social interaction and physical abilities, block play has a significant impact on children’s development. What is Block Play in Child Development? Block play is an imaginative, open-ended learning activity where children use…

The Best Block Play Activities & Environments for Young Children

The Best Block Play Activities & Environments for Young Children

Explore our favorite block play activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Block activities support children’s creativity, learning, and physical development. I’ll share block activities and games you can introduce at home or in the classroom, along with tips to promote a block play environment. What is a Block Play Activity? Block play is an imaginative,…

The Ultimate Introduction to Block Play in Early Childhood

The Ultimate Introduction to Block Play in Early Childhood

Whether you’re an educator, parent, or simply curious, you may wonder, “What is block play, exactly?” This guide will give you a deeper understanding of how playing with blocks nurtures children’s learning and development. What is Block Play? Block play is an imaginative, open-ended learning activity where children use blocks to construct and investigate. Block…

My Ultimate Guide to Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

My Ultimate Guide to Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

Updated: December 28, 2023 Key Points As an early childhood professional, I am excited to share about nature-based early childhood education. Let’s define this type of program and its benefits; the classroom environment and nature-based activities foster a lifelong connection with nature. What is Nature-based Early Childhood Education? Nature-based early childhood education incorporates the natural…

What is Nature Play? Learn from an Early Childhood Expert

What is Nature Play? Learn from an Early Childhood Expert

Key Points Whether it’s climbing trees, splashing in puddles, or observing tiny creatures, nature play offers endless play and learning opportunities. Let’s learn how nature play supports children’s growth, creativity, and connection with the natural world. What is Nature Play? Nature play is engaging in play and exploration in natural outdoor environments such as a…

Benefits of Sensory Play for Babies: Important Experiences

Benefits of Sensory Play for Babies: Important Experiences

You may wonder if sensory play is good for your baby. The answer is yes; sensory play has many benefits to a baby’s development. It is an important learning experience during the infant years! Sensory play is children’s way to explore the mind-body connection. Sensory experiences stimulate sensory systems throughout the body, sending messages through…

15 Brain Development Activities 2-Year-Olds Will Love

15 Brain Development Activities 2-Year-Olds Will Love

Parents and educators can provide 2-year-olds with fun activities that help them reach cognitive milestones. These activities are fantastic for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, and even 3-year-olds. I’m sharing fifteen favorite brain development activities you can do with your toddler at home or in the classroom. A 2-year-old is developing the following cognitive skills, according to the HSELOF:…