Types of Play

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…

What is Nature Play? Learn from an Early Childhood Expert

What is Nature Play? Learn from an Early Childhood Expert

If you’ve ever watched children experience pure wonder while exploring outdoors, you’ve witnessed the magic of nature play. Whether it’s climbing trees, splashing in puddles, or observing tiny creatures, nature play offers a world of endless exploration and learning opportunities. Key Points Let’s learn how nature nurtures children’s growth, creativity, and connection with the natural…

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…

Benefits of Interactive Learning: Teaching Kids in a Tech World 

Benefits of Interactive Learning: Teaching Kids in a Tech World 

Interactive learning is an educational approach based on kids’ active participation. Instead of a video or lecture, children learn by playing, collaborating with others, and exploring their environment. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of interactive learning in early childhood.  Experts recommend limiting screen time, especially during early childhood (0-8 years). That’s because screen…

Incredible Benefits of Play Dough: Guide for Parents & Teachers

Incredible Benefits of Play Dough: Guide for Parents & Teachers

Play dough is a fantastic tool for supporting young children’s learning and development. It is an interactive, open-ended activity that gives children a chance to be creative. Play dough promotes growth in all learning domains, including cognitive, physical, language, and social-emotional. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of play dough in early childhood….

Stages of Play: Compare Parten & Piaget to Unlock Kids’ Learning

Stages of Play: Compare Parten & Piaget to Unlock Kids’ Learning

Updated: November 25, 2023 Two different “stages of play” theories are commonly discussed in child development. Understanding the theory behind stages of play helps identify what a child is learning. Caregivers can then create better learning environments to support a child’s development. Key Points Parten’s Stages of Play Theory Mildred Parten Newhall’s play theory was…

Vestibular and Proprioceptive Sensory-Seeking Play: What to Know

Vestibular and Proprioceptive Sensory-Seeking Play: What to Know

Updated: November 20, 2023 The vestibular and proprioceptive systems use sensory input to connect the body to the brain. These senses help the brain and body balance, coordinate movement, and respond to the environment. Key Points As a developmental therapist, I partner with occupational therapists to bring appropriate vestibular and proprioceptive sensory-seeking play into therapy…

Brave Kids: The Ultimate Guide to Risk-Taking Play

Brave Kids: The Ultimate Guide to Risk-Taking Play

Updated: November 12, 2023 Risk-taking play, also known as dangerous or risky play, is a natural part of children’s play. Risk-taking play is a type of play where children test physical abilities with climbing, jumping, balancing, moving fast, moving heavy objects, and rough-and-tumble play. Key Points Risk-Taking Play Definition Risk-taking play, also called dangerous or…