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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2018

Books That Inspire Mud Play and Exploration

Children’s books and poems are great resources for teaching children about the outdoors and inspiring them to play with mud in interesting ways.
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2018

Preschool Play Plans: Mud-Luscious Play

This is the second article in Preschool Play Plans, a TYC series. These are ideas for open-ended indoor and outdoor activities that use inexpensive or free materials—bubbles, mud, chalk, playdough, and cardboard boxes.

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Authored by: Blakely Bundy, ​Diane E. Levin, members of TRUCE
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February 21, 2017

11 Reasons to Take the Kids Outside

When the kids are sad or too loud or when fights break out, taking the kids outside seems to fix everything, especially if running water, sand or soil is involved.

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Authored by: Julia Luckenbill
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2018

Swings!

Back and forth, back and forth—the swings on our school playground are always in use. But did you know that swinging is much more than just fun? There are many benefits that make swinging an important childhood activity.

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Authored by: Condie Ward
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2018

Message in a Backpack™ Bubbles: Family Play Plan

Support your child’s learning with bubble play! Watch your child play to see what interests him. It’ll also help you figure out what questions to ask to expand his learning.
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Teaching Young Children
February 1, 2018

Mensaje en la mochila™: Receta de burbujas

Este mensaje es para recortarse, fotocopiarse y enviarse a casa con los niños como recurso para los padres. Está disponible también por internet en NAEYC.org/tyc.
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Mud: Explore and Learn

June 29th is International Mud Day but you can play and learn with mud all year long!
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Explore the Great Outdoors with Your Child

For a child, everything is new—even the tiniest things are interesting and exciting. In today’s entertainment-driven world, exploring the outdoors is an opportunity for children to actively engage in learning. Here are a few steps to explore outdoors.
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A Family Shadow Walk

Family walks, no matter where, provide wonderful opportunities to explore the mysteries of light and shadows.
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