This post is to supplement a workshop I am doing at the NSCC for Child Care Providers. Below are links to resources for the workshop, Play With Words! Other readers might find these links useful. Enjoy!
Be Fit Kits: Play and be active AVRL currently has Be Fit Kits for borrowing, and is working on Be Fit Kits 2.o, which will be launched in March 2017.
Time to Play – AVRL Booklist for adults. Place holds on the books directly from the list!
AVRL – Play in the Library (PDF) This has resources on why play is important in the library setting. Applications to child care settings are similar.
Zero to Three – Videos, research, resources, and articles on the connections of play and early learning.
Zero to Three video on play and thinking skills
Let’s Play : Free app from Zero to Three — searchable, and has age levels as well as selected activity locations (bed & bath, chores, etc)
Full-colour booklet on the Power of Play. Intended for parents, but has lots of good tips for care providers as well.
Really Rosie play workshop guide. Tips & activities for adult learners.
Center for Childhood Creativity: Research, articles, tips, blog posts.
Importance of Play (PDF) Whitepaper from Association for Library Services to Children.
Child’s Play: a 4-page handout good for quick tips and sharing with parents.
Center for Excellence for Early Childhood Development (Canadian). Lots of resources here.
Blog Post: Modeling Pretend play
How to do a Fort Night (or day) – blog post from Jbrary
Photos of AVRL fort night on Facebook
Jbrary YouTube Playlist: songs for every occasion and then some.
Knife, Fork, Spoon song from Jbrary
Physical Literacy is like reading literacy: 10 ways they are similar (article)
Active play for the early years from Participaction
Words at Play— Philadelphia Free Library initiative using literacy as basis for play experiences.
Stories to Act Out: Beyond the Book Blog- play with story, and also this blog has loads of tips on using puppets.
Storytime Underground Resource Depot: The Importance of Play
Blog Post: How to do Life-size Candyland – great game idea!
Drive-in Movie using boxes as cars.
Baby Dance Party (blog post on how to do it, includes playlist)
All things STEAM (science play) from “The Show-Me Librarian” blog
Box Town – create a whole city from boxes! Blog Post from “Tiny Tips for Library Fun”
Flannel Friday on Pinterest: a bazillion ideas
NOTE: If you have other great resources or blog posts, add them in the comments!