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First, what is sensory play? Sensory play is play that engages children in activities that stimulate one or more of their senses. This includes sight, sound, touch, smell, taste, and movement. It creates an opportunity for children to learn about … READ MORE
One of my favorite nature advocates, Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, explains the importance of children’s connections to nature below: “Wonder is when you are 3-4 years old, you go out in your backyard, … READ MORE
Spring is upon us, and our senses will be barraged with the sights and sounds of the changing season. What a great time to explore the emergence of spring through our 5 senses! Consider what spring opportunities you can offer … READ MORE
In the previous blog post, educators explained some developmental benefits to outdoor play. Playing outdoors becomes critical in the face of increasingly more academic pressure in early years. We tend to see learning the order of the alphabet, basics of … READ MORE
With back-to-school schedules, getting outside to play suddenly drops in our priority lists. By the time we’re getting after school snacks, and backpacks put away, homework done, we feel like we don’t have time to play outside anymore! Here are … READ MORE
How often are young children drawn to the sticks lying around the yard or playground? And how often do we tell them to put it down, watch out, be careful? The book Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis reminds us of the … READ MORE