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Category: Play Based Learning

Sunflower Exploration

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Three Sunflower Activity Ideas from Little Pine Learners

Get a Sunflower! If kids can pick their own at a farm or market, that adds to the fun!

  1. Have children use tweezers to take apart the sunflower, and get the seeds out.
  2. Draw or print a sunflower template and have children use a paint brush to sweep the seeds to the center of the flower drawing.
  3. When the exploration is done, use the seeds to create sunflower art by glueing them to the template or drawing!

Save the extra seeds to make a bird feeder or simply scatter for birds in your yard!

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Backyard Birding

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Creating a Play Space at Home

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Even with limited space and materials, kids can learn from play!

Play Based Learning experts suggest that Montessori style play areas can be a good approach to use for play based learning at home. Open ended activities that allow for creativity work well, and it helps to have a defined play space where kids know they can use any materials available. Adding one new or different activity choice per week can help keep children engaged. This can be a new theme using their toys, nature items, or other objects from around the home. Borrowing library books also helps to add variety without purchasing anything new, and can be a great way to explore new topics.

A Few Guidelines

  • Have a limited number of activities, and cater to their interests.
  • Set up materials at their level and let them choose.
  • Choose engaging activities over entertainment.
  • Mix in a variety of activities and add something different each week.
  • Use a cozy space where few things are "off limits" so kids can focus on play.
  • Trays help separate activities and contain messes

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Why is Play Based Learning Important?

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CMNH Play Based Learning Tips

At the Children's Museum of New Hampshire we've been inviting children to engage in hands-on Play Based Learning since we opened in 1983. However, we realize it's not as easy in a classroom or at home. Each week we will be sharing Play Based Learning tips to help caregivers and teachers encourage play!

You can see all the PBL tips here on our website, or follow us on Pinterest, or subscribe to YouTube.

Play Based Learning: An Introduction


Why Play Based Learning is So Important


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