Let’s Talk About Purposeful Play

Earlier this week I shared a post and a new book, The Importance of Being Little by Erika Christakis, about the importance of play for young children.

the importance of being little
Today I wish to share another post and another new book about the importance of play. This book by Kristi Mraz, Alison Porcelli, and Cheryl Tyler is called Purposeful Play with the tagline Igniting Deep and Joyful Learning Across the Day. (Hint: Click on Kristi’s post here for a chance to win a copy of the book. Read more about the book here to download the first chapter free!)

Purposeful play
These three teachers begin by stating that all play is purposeful and explain ways of honouring children and their play throughout the day in early childhood classrooms. This book is full of practical ideas for teachers who want to incorporate more play to foster children’s learning and maintain their enthusiasm for and enjoyment of it.
If you wish to make your teaching day more playful, either of these books will provide ideas to get you started.

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I am so excited to share that in a week or so my new book (with Alison Porcelli and Cheryl Tyler- play gurus and authors of this handy book on choice time) about PLAY will descend upon this fine earth!!!! Now, listen, there is nothing I like to do more in advance of a new book coming out then have imaginary conversations of excitement and anxiety in my head. As a matter of fact, if you wake up at 3 AM to go to the bathroom, please rest assured that I am staring at my ceiling trying to execute everything I learned while writing A Mindset for Learning.

So, in the hopes of getting the word out about the book, and also maybe stop communing with my ceiling in the wee hours of the morning, I thought it might be nice to put out a post that conquers some of the…

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15 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Purposeful Play

    1. Norah Post author

      I think it’s a fabulous title! I wish I’d thought of it! But then titles aren’t copyright, are they? Now there’s an idea.
      I think we’ve talked about play together before – even surmised that we may have ended up in the “naughty corner” together. I’m sure we would have had fun!

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      1. Lisa Reiter

        Oh yes, play is a recurring theme and perhaps because its intrinsic to learning. I forget to do it enough! Come on, time for some mischief before we get sent to the naughty corner again! 🙈🙉🙊

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  1. Marylin Warner

    Wonderful post, Norah. My daughter is a middle grade teacher for special needs, especially autism and Downs Syndrome. They are not little people, but their purposeful play is essential to so many areas of their development. When we go back to visit, we always spend one day in her classroom, and purposeful play is essential for us, too!

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