caregiver education

The Magic of Container Play: Boost Baby & Toddler Learning

The Magic of Container Play: Boost Baby & Toddler Learning

As a developmental therapist, I regularly recommend container play to parents and infant/toddler teachers. This simple, open-ended activity has powerful learning benefits, and the best part—children love it! Key Points Definition: What is Container Play? Container play is a type of play where babies and toddlers explore putting objects into containers and dumping them out….

The Surprising Benefits of Water Play for Kids | Free PDF

The Surprising Benefits of Water Play for Kids | Free PDF

Water play offers valuable support for children’s learning and development. Explore its benefits in this guide by a children’s developmental therapist. Key Points Definition of Water Play Water play is a sensory activity where children explore, manipulate, and interact with water, often at water tables indoors or outdoors. Water play is an incredible learning activity…

Types of Play in Early Childhood: Everything You Need to Know

Types of Play in Early Childhood: Everything You Need to Know

Updated: January 28, 2024 From nature play to block play, risk-taking to art, discover the stages, benefits, and activities that shape children’s development. This guide breaks down the essentials for parents, educators, and caregivers. Explore all types of play in the early childhood years. Stages of Play Child development theory has two well-known “stages of…

Process Vs. Product Art in Early Years: The Must-Know Differences

Process Vs. Product Art in Early Years: The Must-Know Differences

In early childhood education, there are two important approaches to art: Process Art and Product Art. Understanding the difference between them is key for parents and teachers. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of each and why nurturing creativity is vital for our young artists. Key Points What is Process Art An approach that…

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 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…