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  • Heuristic Play for Infants and Toddlers

    This articles, from Early Childhood Development Unit, looks at creating an empowering inside learning environment for young children.

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  • Heuristic Play Materials Unstructured play materials for infants and toddlers

    This web articles outlines heuristic play for infants and toddlers noting the experiences that children gain from these unstructured play materials.

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  • Fostering early experiences

    This web article, with downloads, considers creating a powerful  learning environment for infants and toddlers.

    tag_names:subjects: infants and toddlers, play, environment

  • Block Play - an idea to use

    Sheryl Cooper shares an idea for the block play area using a mirror and lights.   If anyone tries this out, post a comment and let us know how it goes.

    Tags: play, blocks, environment

  • Let the Children Play

    This article, from the Candian Council on Learning, looks at learning through play noting  "Play enhances every aspect of children’s development and learning. It is children’s window to the world. Play is so important that its significance in children’s lives is recognized...

    Tags: play, learning. tag_names:subjects: play

  • Healthy Planet, Healthy Children: Designing Nature into the Daily Spaces of Childhood

    In this article, Moore & Cooper Marcus consider how the nature can impact on children's learning and well-being noting that "even small amounts of nature have been noted to exact a measureable, positive effect on children's attention functioning" (p. 159).  It looks at both providing nat...

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  • Nature based play

    This video uses images, and few words, to describe nature based play.

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  • The real benefits of nature play every day

    What is nature play and what are the benefits? Erickson and Ernst consider these questions, drawing on research to support their work. They note: "Play alone is stimulating to the mind; but just as the variety provided by nature stimulates and develops a child’s body, it offers an added boos...

    Tags: nature, environment, play

  • The real benefits of nature play every day.

    What is nature play and what are the benefits? Erickson and Ernst consider these questions, drawing on research to support their work. They note: "Play alone is stimulating to the mind; but just as the variety provided by nature stimulates and develops a child’s body, it offers an added b...

    Tags: environment, play, nature. tag_names:subjects: play, environment

  • The vital role of play in early childhood

    "The secret to helping young children thrive is to keep the spirit of creativity and of playful learning alive and active."  (p. 6). Joan Almon discusses play in early childhood.  She considers the nature, development and creativity of play. 

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