This article explores the many benefits of play in a child’s holistic development, and what happens when children are not given opportunities to play.
This article describes the importance of outdoor play, and provides ideas for outdoor play for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.
This video discovers the importance of play to their development based on research and addresses how we can support children in engaging in play.
Explores the definition and understanding of play in children’s development. It highlights the key attributes and allows for multiple forms of learning.
This video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University outline ther major positive impacts of play in a child's resiliency and works to enhance their capacity for learning.
This resource provides different kinds of play that involve the outdoors. These ideas range from active, creative, and pretend play.
This resource explores ideas for outdoor free play.
This resource outlines a few children's books that can encourage pretend play and imagination.
This resource outlines 8 children's books that can be used to inspire play.
This website includes extensive information on play ideas that support holistic development in toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten age children.
This website includes a wide range of resources for play-based learning like simple activities that can be used with household items and a research section with links to many different articles on the topic of play.
This resource provides tools and advice on the educator/adult's role in children's play.
\This resource from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child builds on how adults can foster responsive interactions with children in their play through a Serve and Return guide.