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Children playing with chalk outdoors
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Teaching Young Children
August 1, 2018

Preschool Play Plans: Chalk Play

This is the third article in Preschool Play Plans, a TYC series. This installment focuses on different ways to play with chalk.

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Authored by: Blakely Bundy ​Diane E. Levin members of TRUCE
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Boy playing in sand table
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July 18, 2018

The Importance of Sand and Water Play

The sand table and the water table can be two of the most popular areas of the classroom for young children, but it is important to remember that these areas are essential to the classroom for higher-level learning. 

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Authored by: Sarah Taylor Vanover
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Children playing in play centers at a library
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Young Children
July 1, 2018

Public Libraries Harness the Power of Play

Thanks to a nationwide parent education initiative called Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR), an increasing number of librarians are focusing on helping parents interact with their young children in meaningful ways to increase vocabulary development.

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Authored by: Donna C. Celano Jillian J. Knapczyk Susan B. Neuman
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At Home with Makerspaces

Whether you call them makerspaces, hackerspaces, or DIY labs, the idea is the same—they’re places where kids can tinker, invent, and build to their heart's content. They are great for fostering creativity and hands-on learning.
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May 2, 2018

Fingerprints Upon My Heart

After forming a close bond with a student in his classroom, this preschool teacher shares his testimony on the power of play—and how it helped him through grief and retrospection after the passing of a loved one.

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Authored by: Darius Phelps
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A group of young children run down a hallway
Article
Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2018

اللعب النشط داخل الفصل Bringing Active Play Indoors

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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Authored by: Lisa Mufson Bresson
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Children running
Article
Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2018

Bringing Active Play Indoors

Increasing core strength and hand–eye coordination can help preschoolers improve their gross motor abilities. Consider these activities for bringing active play inside!

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Authored by: Lisa Mufson Bresson
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Child playing with shapes
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Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2018

Play Games, Learn Math! Pattern Block Puzzles

Children learn about shapes by playing with them and manipulating them. The games in this article guide children’s learning as they do both.

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Authored by: Kristen E. Reed Jessica Mercer Young
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Children playing in mud
Article
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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Article
Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2019

Message in a Backpack™: Going Beyond the Playground: Math, Science, and Outdoor Fun رسالة في حقيبة الظهر™ - ما بعد الملعب: الرياضيات والعلم والمرح في الخارج

NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

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Authored by: Rachel J. Franz
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Find research-based resources, tips and ideas for families on the importance of play!
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