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Children play with blocks and dinosaur figurines.
Article
Teaching Young Children
September 1, 2021

Sparking Creativity with Cross-Area Play

Cross-area play is rooted in the idea that when children are given the freedom to experiment with materials in open-ended ways, their play can transform into elaborate, complex plots and offer rich developmental opportunities.

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Authored by: Lydia Minahan Jessica Byrd Sarah Dwyer Sandra Romp Layney Viets Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes
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Boy playing in sand table
Blog
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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The Block Book, Third Edition
Book
January 1, 1996

The Block Book, Third Edition

Discover exciting possibilities for block play

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Authored by: Elisabeth S. Hirsch
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Children in a classroom playing with playdough
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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Teacher and children play with funnels at sand table.
Article
Teaching Young Children
April 1, 2017

Deepening Families’ Understanding of Children’s Learning in Centers

If families understand all that occurs in center activities and play, they will be able to support their children’s learning during play activities at home—to be learning partners with their children.

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Authored by: Faye Dismuke Nichole Parks Judy Jablon
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