Play Resources

Play Resources

Playawork PrimerThe Playwork Primer
By Penny Wilson
Alliance for Childhood (2010)
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Building Structures with Young Children Teachers Guide
By Ingrid Chalufour, Karen Worth and Education Development Center, Inc.
Redleaf Press (2004)

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Block Play: The Complete Guide to Learning and Playing with Blocks
By Sharon MacDonald
Gryphon House (2001)

childhood wondersThe Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders: Favorite Adventures, Stories, Poems, and Songs for Making Lasting Memories
By Susan Magsamen
National Geographic Children’s Books (2010)

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cook bookChildren’s Quick & Easy Cookbook
By Angela Wilkes
Dorling Kindersley (2006)

einsteinEinstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children Really Learn—And Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
By Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Diane Eyer
Rodale Books (2004)

house of make believeThe House of Make-Believe: Children’s Play and the Developing Imagination
By Dorothy Singer and Jerome Singer
Harvard University Press (1992)

makebelieveMake-Believe: Games and Activities for Imaginative Play
By Dorothy Singer and Jerome Singer
Magination Press (2001)

mandateA Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence
By Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Laura E. Berk and Dorothy Singer
Oxford University Press (2008)

playPlay: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul
By Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughan
Avery (2009)

playPlay = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children’s Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth
Edited by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dorothy G. Singer
Oxford University Press (2006)

Small Fry Outdoors: Inspiration for Being Outdoors with Kids
By Susie Cameron and Katrina Crook; written by Caroline Webster
ABC Books (2008)

Places to Visit with Your Child

Local Playgrounds (especially Imagination Playgrounds)
Local children’s museums and science museums
U.S. national parks
Zoos and aquariums
Local libraries
Local lakes, ponds, beaches and rivers
Traveling festivals and circuses
Local music venues

Websites to Visit for Play Ideas

National Network for Child Care
Kids Games
Earlychildhood News
String games

Tricks and Magic:

Card games