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Play and Creativity Workshop


A girl darts around the corner making beeping noises. She's just playing. But what are kids really doing when they play? This workshop is about the purpose of play and creativity and how to manage play so that it doesn't become harmful.




Think of some questions that you have about play and creativity and write them down. What do you think children learn during play time? Why do children play?


Field Visit

As you watch, look for things that the child care provider does that you would find helpful. Also, look for examples of kids playing and think about what they're learning.


Follow-up Discussion

Prepare to watch how the panelists react to the video. Keep your questions and the active learning questions in mind and take notes on one topic that interests you.


Activity: Prop Box

Here's your chance to think about how to apply what you've learned. How can you support dramatic play without directing it? How can you make materials easily available to the children?

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Celebrating Diversity



"Importance of Children's Play and Creativity" (516K)
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Dramatic Play (554K)
Dough Art (488K)
Prop Box (543K)
Gadget Painting (465K)
Squirt Art (306K)


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Active Learning Tips
Here are some tips to get you started:
Keep questions handy as you watch. Use them as a guide to taking notes
Review questions before viewing as a reminder of what you want to learn.
Ask yourself what you would have said if you were a panel member on the show.
Use questions after viewing to reflect on what you currently do and how you might integrate perspectives or ideas from the program.
Tape a show and watch it more than once using different questions each time to focus on different kinds of information.
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