How does this book help me support play and learning?
This book helps you change your curriculum in several ways:
• It provides instructions for activities that are full of learning and really fun.
• It offers activity variations that will help keep the play going.
• It suggests books and songs that expand on ideas and interests related to the
activity. • It encourages the adult to reinterpret,
reinvent, and reimagine our sugges-
tions based on the interests of the
children, the materials at hand, and
his or her own imagination.
• It helps the adult learn to relax, to let
go, and to trust in play.
How is this book structured?
Each chapter outlines a play adventure
with an overview, a list of ingredients,
step-by-step instructions, a variety of
variations, and related books and songs
the adult can use to keep the play-based
learning going. We’ve left some space
at the end of each chapter to jot down
notes about how the kids respond to
the activity, to scribble new ideas, and
to keep track of what preparation and
facilitation techniques work best. Each
chapter ends with suggestions for
choosing your next play adventure.
How should I use this book?
We hope you will use this book as the foundation for an (un)curriculum, but how
you do that depends on your needs:
• You can ink activities from this book on your calendar for the next six months
and then stick to our instructions when it comes time to play.
• You can pull activities from this book when they connect to something the
children are interested in. For example, if one week the kids are particular-
ly into blocks, you might want to do the Peanut Butter Jar Blocks adventure
you’ll find in chapter 7 (page 30).