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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…

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…

The Ultimate Loose Parts Play Material List for Kids

The Ultimate Loose Parts Play Material List for Kids

Adding loose parts materials like blocks, natural objects, and household can make any space into an exciting place for young children to explore their creativity naturally. When play spaces are reduced to just a few pieces of equipment, children aren’t able to explore or get creative. Battery-powered toys, tablets, and most “educational” toys don’t align…