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Play is an important part of children's learning and development. Find articles on how to intentionally connect play and learning, ideas to share with families, and the latest research about learning and play.

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Playful Math

Attend this webinar on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 to learn tips for how to incorporate play into math curriculum.
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TYC December/January 2018
Issue
Teaching Young Children
Vol. 11, No. 2
December 1, 2017

December/January 2018

Play with Patterns & Creative Finds
TYC December/January 2018 Issue
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Article
Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2017

Repurposing Creative Finds for Creative Minds: Thinking Outside the Box

Many early childhood programs and family child care providers are on a tight budget, but having a well-stocked, developmentally appropriate learning space doesn’t have to break the bank.

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Authored by: Lisa Mufson Bresson
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2017

Supporting Language: Culturally Rich Dramatic Play

In Mrs. Ramos’s classroom, the children’s conversations about their family activities led them to create a panaderia in the dramatic play center.

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Authored by: Irasema Salinas-Gonzalez, María G. Arreguín-Anderson, Iliana Alanís
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Young Children
July 1, 2017

Read the Full Issue (July 2017)

Young Children's July 2017 issue is available as a PDF for members only. Please see the link below.
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2017

Play Games, Learn Math! Playing with Patterns

Recognizing patterns helps children make sense of the world around them and feel confident because they can predict what comes next.

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Authored by: Kristen E. Reed, Jessica Mercer Young
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Teaching Young Children
December 1, 2017

Message in a Backpack™ Make Animal Music

There are lots of ways to be playful and support your child’s learning. Here are some ideas for how to connect children’s love of animals to musical exploration.

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Authored by: H. Ellie Falter
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November 29, 2016

Play with Free Stuff: No Batteries Required!

There are many, many items you dispose of every day that could be perfect toys for your young child.

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Authored by: Toni Sturdivant
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Playdough Power

Playdough encourages children’s language and literacy, science, and math skills—all at the same time!
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