Play as a Learning Tool to Get Ready for School & Beyond video

 

Play as a Learning Tool to Get Ready for School & Beyond


The survey of 2,000 parents with school-aged children revealed 65% are concerned about their child being behind due to the disrupted 2019–2020 school year. Watch this video to find out what parents are doing to help kids stay on track and check out our new “Play & Learn” activities that encourage playful learning at home.

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New Research

As parents face a school year unlike any other, our latest survey reveals many parents are taking steps to get a jump on the school year.

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Benefits of Play

6 Benefits of Play

Play isn’t all fun and games — it’s also an important teaching tool! Think of it as recess and study hall all rolled into one. Through play, kids learn how to interact with others and reach critical developmental milestones.

Physical

Active play helps kids with coordination, balance, motor skills, and spending their natural energy!

Emotional

During play, kids learn to cope with emotions like fear, frustration, anger and aggression.

Cognitive

Children learn to think, read, remember, reason and pay attention through play.

Creative

By allowing imaginations to run wild during play, kids create new worlds, form unique ideas, and much more!

Communication

Play lets kids exchange thoughts, information, and messages.

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Kids Learn Perseverance at the Playground

Dr. Robyn Koslowitz, clinical psychologist and toy hacker explains how to turn an afternoon at the playground into a learning experience.

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Expert Advice

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Expert Advice

Experts agree that play has a profound impact on childhood learning. Every so often, we'll have articles, useful tips, sound advice, and the latest research from leaders in the field on children and education.

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Play Talk

Experts on education, childhood, and play share the latest information and research about the importance of play, childhood development, and tips you can use.

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For Teachers

For Teachers

Find out ways to incorporate play into your school day with play-based lesson plans that align perfectly with the curriculum.

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Toy Time

Toy Time

Whether it’s a stuffed animal, action toy, puzzle, doll, or race car set, toys ignite kids’ imaginations, curiosity, critical thinking, and more.

Toy Timeline

See how toys have evolved since waaay before you were a kid!

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Age-by-Age Toy Guide

Learn how to select toys that match your child’s interests, abilities and developmental skills.

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Cool Toy Picks

Find out the types of toys geared specifically for your child’s interests and abilities.

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