All Play Content

Young girl smiling
a childs painting of a butterfly
Article
Teaching Young Children
July 1, 2022

‘How Do You Spell Butterfly?’ Connecting Play to Content Learning

In this article, Jenna Valasek explains how she uses open-ended materials with intentional teacher planning and scaffolding to engage children in active thinking, social interactions, and joyful learning across multiple areas.

Authored by

Authored by: Jenna Valasek
Members Only
the cover of teaching young children volume 15, number 4
Issue
Teaching Young Children
Vol. 15, No. 4
July 1, 2022

Summer 2022

Playful Content Learning
Teaching Young Children is NAEYC's magazine for anyone who works with preschoolers. Colorful, informative, and easy-to-read, TYC is packed full of teaching ideas, strategies, and tips.
Members Only
a person cutting a piece of paper around art supplies
Article
Young Children
June 1, 2022

Learning Through Play in Teacher Education

In this article, we discuss the need for teacher candidates to experience play, the equitable benefits of playful learning, and strategies that we use to position play within a standards-based curriculum.

Authored by

Authored by: Melanie Loewenstein Toni Denese Sturdivant Josh Thompson
Members Only
a child playing in a box
Article
Young Children
June 1, 2022

The Power of Playful Learning in the Early Childhood Setting

This excerpt from Developmentally Appropriate Practice illustrates the ways in which play and learning mutually support one another and how teachers connect learning goals to children’s play.

Authored by

Authored by: Jennifer M. Zosh Caroline Gaudreau Roberta Michnick Golinkoff Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Members Only
a craft coconut tree created by children
Article
Young Children
June 1, 2022

DAP and Playful Learning: Equitable Approaches

This issue of Young Children delves into different aspects of play and different roles of educators during play.

Authored by

Authored by: Annie Moses
Members Only
the cover of the publication young children, Volume 77, Number 2
Issue
Young Children
Vol. 77, No. 2
June 1, 2022

Summer 2022

DAP and Playful Learning: Equitable Approaches
This issue of Young Children delves into different aspects of play, different roles of educators during play, and the contexts of children and families with play.
Members Only
a parent with a child on  a tablet
Blog
December 13, 2021

Four Ways to Use Tablets to Foster Early Math Learning

Here, we describe four ways to use tablets in developmentally appropriate ways to foster preschoolers’ early math learning.

Authored by

Authored by: Jessica Mercer Young Ashley Lewis Presser
Members Only
A child writes a poem.
Article

Learning Joy and Resilience Through Kindergartners

We may not be able to control the spread of the virus, the changing mandates, or the inequities and social justice issues intensified by the pandemic, but we can control how much our children feel loved by us.

Authored by

Authored by: Larissa Hsia-Wong
Members Only
an old photo of children playing in a craft airplane
Article
Young Children
December 1, 2021

Our Proud Heritage. Building the Kindergarten Curriculum

This article introduces the Patty Smith Hill blocks and describes how they helped one teacher build a curriculum and intentionally plan and teach in ways that engaged children in deep study of topics they could learn through firsthand experiences.

Authored by

Authored by: Elizabeth A. Sherwood
Members Only