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Heuristic Play: Simple, Impactful Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

Heuristic Play: Simple, Impactful Ideas for Babies and Toddlers

Heuristic play offers young children their first chance to learn about everyday objects. Through play and exploration, children will build an understanding of items they will use for the rest of their lives. As a developmental therapist with 12 years of experience in classrooms and homes, I’ve witnessed the impact of heuristic play. My interest…

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…

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…