Child Development: Play and Learning
Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners provides information about play and learning.
- Alliance for Childhood (website) - working intensively on a few critical issues including the loss of creative play and hands-on activities in children’s lives and the excessive amounts of time spent in front of screens instead of in face-to-face engagement with other children, caring adults, and the natural world. Also working against the commercialization of childhood, the misuse of high-stakes testing, and increasing levels of childhood obesity.
- American Academy of Pediatrics (webpage) - The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds
- National Association for the Education of Young Children, Play and Children's Learning (webpage) - resources on the latest research on play, play-based learning, why play is an important part of children's learning and development, the role of play in the classroom and ideas to share with families.
- Zero to Three: Tips and tools on Play (website) - includes numerous resources on play with babies and toddlers
- The Children's Advocate (website) - Includes reports on the value of play and a downloadable pamphlet "Play, It's the Way Children Learn"
- Make the Most of Playtime with Infants and Toddlers (pdf) - Play builds warm and loving relationships. This article describes the development of play skills and offers ideas on how to play with your child to support the development of social, language and thinking skills
- Who said, "But all they do is play?" (pdf) - When children play they are practicing higher level thinking skills
- Today's Play...Tomorrow's Success (pdf) - A chart which emphasizes the importance of play in early childhood as the best foundation for success in school.
- Tools of the Mind: Focus on Self Regulation (website) - Tools of the Mind is a research-based early childhood program that builds strong foundations for school success in preschool and kindergarten children by promoting their intentional and self-regulated learning
- Active Early (pdf) - A Wisconsin guide for improving childhood physical activity, evidence based and endorsed by lead WI associations, organizations and departments in the field of early care and education
- Claire Warden (website) offers resources on the importance of outdoor play
- Early Childhood Environmental Education (pdf) - an annotated Bibliography of PK Educational Resources from the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (11/13)
The Power of Play: Each of these 5-minute videos highlight effective ways to help children, and the adults to support them, to see the connections between play and development in all domains, and especially creative and critical thinking.