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Brains Need to Play

Brains Need to Play

The Importance of Play "It's not just superfluous," says Researcher Jaak Panksepp. "It's a very valuable thing for childhood development. And we as a culture have to learn to use it properly and have to make sure our kids get plenty of it." Play and Social Skills...

Play – A Key to Early Childhood Learning

Play – A Key to Early Childhood Learning

Earlier Academic Instruction Doesn't Deliver Preschools and kindergartens across the country operate under the belief “the earlier is better” when it comes to academic instruction. Not only are these assumptions not supported by research, an early focus on academics...

Learning Through Play

Learning Through Play

Academic vs. Play-Based Education Educational curricula such as Every Student Succeeds Act, Race to the Top, and the Common Core State Standards have prompted a switch toward more academic-based education for our American youngsters. While these programs may have good...

Finnish Students:  Happiest, High Scorers who Play!

Finnish Students: Happiest, High Scorers who Play!

After consistently scoring high on international education tests, all eyes have been on Finland. But that’s not the only thing they have been scoring high on. Finland has a high overall happiness rating amongst its students, and they also provide ample...

Healthy Food at the Museum (But You Can’t Eat It!)

Healthy Food at the Museum (But You Can’t Eat It!)

Yes! We're talking carrots, but... Have you dined recently in Mini Our World? Gone are the plastic foods! We’re updating this favorite exhibit with something more sustainable. What that means for us are toys that will stand the test of thousands of kids at...

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