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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

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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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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Toys as Tools: Everyday Science Experiences

Simple toys and tools can engage children as they explore natural phenomena in ways that will support their later science learning. Adults who allow children to play and work through small difficulties by themselves support children as they build an under
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Why This Toy?

We talked to Dr. Toy (Stevanne Auerbach) about the value of toys and what to think about before selecting a toy for your child.
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Why Do Babies Like Boxes Best?

Why is Ella playing with the wrapping paper and box instead of the present? The answer lies in her development.
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2015

25 Things to Do With Rubber Ducks

Did you know the rubber duck has been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame?

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Authored by: Stacia Jackson
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2015

10 Unique Dollar Store Finds

There’s no need to break the bank when looking for interesting tools and explorations for preschoolers!
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Teaching Young Children
October 1, 2016

Preschoolers Play With Bamboo

Bamboo is a unique natural material that can provide days—even months!—of exploration for preschool children.

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Authored by: Condie Ward
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December 7, 2014

My Electronics-Free Holiday

Even children know—the best holidays are the ones where family and friends are thoughtful and enjoy spending time together.

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Authored by: Lauren Baker
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