and the responses below!
Play of all kinds can be fun, engaging, and filled with opportunities to build cognitive, social and physical skills. For this Q&A, Frances Carlson (author of Big Body Play), Sandra Waite-Stupiansky (facilitator of NAEYC’s Play, Policy, and Practice Interest Forum), and Kyle Snow (Director of NAEYC’s Center for Applied Research) are joining forces to answer your questions about play, its role in the classroom, and all children get out of play.
Discuss your questions and concerns, successes and challenges regarding the role of play in learning and development. You may want to ask a question that you’ve had on your mind or focus on one of the following questions:
- How do you communicate with families about the importance of play?
- How do you use play to benefit children’s learning?
- What do you think is the role of play in the classroom?
- How do you use play to foster children’s critical thinking?
Take a look at these resources from our experts!
- Big Body Play (Q&A and book) by Frances Carlson
- Play Topic Page (links to many NAEYC articles and books about play)
- NAEYC’s Play, Policy, and Practice Interest Forum
- On Our Minds. Recess—It’s Indispensible by Sandra Waite-Stupiansky
- Research News You Can Use: Pretend Play Is Important But Its Role in Learning is Complex by Kyle Snow
- NAEYC’s Center for Applied Research
- What Is Big Body Play and Why Is It Important? by Frances Carlson
- Is Dressing Up for Halloween Different than for Pretend Play? by Sandra Waite-Stupiansky