Learning Through Play

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Ideas to help young children learn through play! Visit me at www.heidisongs.com, and on my blog at http://heidisongs.blogspot.com!

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Kindergartners get little time to play. Why does it matter? #kinderfriends #kinderchat #kindergarten #play

Kindergartners get little time to play. Why does it matter?

Kindergarteners are under tremendous pressure – doing as many as 15 academic activities in a day, with a shorter recess time. What is the long-term impact?

These DIY interlocking building bricks look great!  I would rather buy them already made, though! #blocks #kids

How to Make DIY Interlocking Building Blocks

These DIY interlocking building bricks look great! I would rather buy them already made, though! #blocks #kids

50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play #Infographic

The Ultimate Playlist: 50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play

Stand up to playground naysayers! This colorful infographic includes 50 reasons play is powerful for children encouraging physical and social development.

Scientists Claim Time on the Playground is More Beneficial Thank Time in the Classroom! #play

Scientists Claim Time On The Playground Is More Beneficial Than Time In The Classroom

A new study shows that when it comes to a child's brain development, time in the classroom may be less important than time on the playground.

Mr. Potato Head Snowman - a fun outdoor winter activity for kids. It will also work with white play dough!

potato heads in the snow - happy hooligans - winter play idea for kids

Potato Heads in the snow are great fun for a winter activity. Take your potato heads outside, or bring a bin of snow inside for snowy, potato head fun.

Mr. Potato Head Pool Noodles!  Great idea to "extend" the learning and the fun!  LOL! #kindergarten

2011 Yacht & Beach Club FAQ, Part II

The first thing DH said to me when we began looking at menus was "why is everything so fancy?" :rolleyes: lol Seriously we should, because it's been...

What's Missing? A memory activity to boost kids minds.   Love the idea of using Potato Head parts!

The "What's Missing?" Memory Activity for Kids

A memory activity to boost kids minds. Use any objects and remove one to see if they can guess what's missing. A great busy activity when you need it.

Mr. Potato Head Building  Variation. Take pictures of Potato Heads with an iPad. Students can scroll through pictures to choose Potato Head. Have the students make matching potato heads. Goals - requesting, WH questions, describing, sentence building

What's on the Tray? FINALLY back to school after move & holidays!

Super Tot is 35 months old. I can't believe we are FINALLY starting school back up. It seems like it has been forever since my last post, and things are finally settling down. As mentioned in a previous post, my family relocated to a new city the week of Thanksgiving. That was a crazy time to be moving, but we took it in stride and made the best of it. After prayerful consideration, we decided to go ahead and take the holidays off to get settled into our new home and to focus on Christ and…

Great toy for teaching cause & effect and fine motor skills practice to preschoolers:  Fisher-Price Barnyard Basics Flip Flop Egg Drop!  No longer sold, but used ones can be found online.

Another Egg Toy

Great toy for teaching cause & effect and fine motor skills practice to preschoolers: Fisher-Price Barnyard Basics Flip Flop Egg Drop! No longer sold, but used ones can be found online.

The Power and Purpose of PLAY!  Wonderful post with lots of great ideas for combining purposeful learning opportunities in play based learning centers in #kindergarten.

The Power and Purpose of PLAY!

Those of you who know me, know that I am a huge fan of free choice time and learning through play. I was thinking of naming this post Play: What is it Good For? Absolutely Everything! I believe in the power and purpose of PLAY. I have talked about it a hundred times once or twice, and even made a Prezi with some of my favorite quotes about the importance of play. The power of play is its ability to incorporate so many varied learning opportunities into what appears to be and feels like fun…