For development & growth


Play is essential for children’s optimal development and learning. Through play, children use what they already know to help them figure out new things, see how they work, and master skills.

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The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Development

Defining and Advocating for Play

The Play Deficit

Where do the Bears Go? The Value of Child-Directed Play

Play in Natural Outdoor Environments: A Healthy Choice

PLAY It’s More Than You Think….

Tips on Playing with Babies and Toddlers

Magic of Everyday Moments: Driven to Discover

Encourage Active Play and Participate With Children

A Year of Play

Playing with Babies and Toddlers

Play and Infant Interactions with Caregivers

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December 2016: Play

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