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The Importance of Play and Interaction

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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.

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Outdoor Play

This article describes the importance of outdoor play, and provides ideas for outdoor play for toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.

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Importance of Play

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This video discovers the importance of play to their development based on research and addresses how we can support children in engaging in play.

How to get into Play-Based Learning: Part 1 - What is Play?

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Explores the definition and understanding of play in children’s development. It highlights the key attributes and allows for multiple forms of learning. 

The Role of Play in Any Setting

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. 


Outdoor Play Activities

This resource provides different kinds of play that involve the outdoors. These ideas range from active, creative, and pretend play.

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Unstructured Outdoor Play Ideas

This resource explores ideas for outdoor free play.

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Children's Books for Pretend Play

This resource outlines a few children's books that can encourage pretend play and imagination.

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Children's Books to Inspire Play

This resource outlines 8 children's books that can be used to inspire play.

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Play and Learn

This website includes extensive information on play ideas that support holistic development in toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten age children.

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Learning Through Play

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.

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Practical Tools and Strategies

The Adult's Role in Play

This resource provides tools and advice on the educator/adult's role in children's play.

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Importance of Responsive Interaction in 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.

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