Play. Learning. Community.

We believe that children and adults learn and develop skills from all kinds of play, and learn best when learning goals are intentionally integrated into joyful play. We challenge ourselves to reimagine our cities and public spaces as playful learning opportunities for all learners.

Play. Learning. Community.

We believe that children and adults learn and develop skills from all kinds of play, and learn best when learning goals are intentionally integrated into joyful play. We challenge ourselves to reimagine our cities and public spaces as playful learning opportunities for all learners.

#PlayinthePandemic

photo: Molly Schlesinger

We’ve all played games to connect with others and make positive memories, especially during tough times. Safe ways to play and learn are now more important than ever!

 

We want to hear what you and the children in your life are doing to #PlayinthePandemic! We will feature great examples of playful learning here on our Play in the Pandemic page.

 

 

Connect with us using #PlayinthePandemic! on Twitter @playfullearng!

#PlayinthePandemic

We’ve all played games to connect with others and make positive memories, especially during tough times. Safe ways to play and learn are now more important than ever!

We want to hear what you and the children in your life are doing to #PlayinthePandemic! We will feature great examples of playful learning here on our Play in the Pandemic page.

Connect with us using  #PlayinthePandemic on Twitter @playfullearng!

What if…

We could transform cities into playful learning centers alive with fun opportunities for children that prepare them for success in a global world?

 

What if, on any given neighborhood block, we could find kids playing together while building skills in math, science, language, and reading? What if we could use the 80% of time children spend outside the classroom to make a difference?

We can!

Playful learning could help all children reach their potential while building stronger cities— Welcome to a playful learning city!

 

Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network infuses the best science of learning into initiatives to build strong cities, offering exciting opportunities to help all children reach their potential. In cities around the world, everyday public places are being transformed – bus stops, libraries, parks – into hubs of playful learning. Working with communities, we can build on their strengths to co-create playful learning opportunities where they are needed most.

We can!

Playful learning could help all children reach their potential while building stronger cities— Welcome to a playful learning city!

 

Playful Learning Landscapes Action Network infuses the best science of learning into initiatives to build strong cities, offering exciting opportunities to help all children reach their potential. In cities around the world, everyday public places are being transformed – bus stops, libraries, parks – into hubs of playful learning. Working with communities, we can build on their strengths to co-create playful learning opportunities where they are needed most.

The 5 principles of how kids learn…

Make it FUN

Joy heightens children’s interest and motivation for learning. People find games challenging and relaxing, creating a positive state called “flow.” Playful learning activities should offer something new every time kids play!

Make it ACTIVE

Children must be “minds on” – acting, not passively observing. Thinking, reasoning, and creating knowledge generates learning. Kids have to do something, not just sit there!

Make it ENGAGING

Kids learn best when they fully commit to an activity – mentally and emotionally. Distraction is the enemy. Make a clear learning goal. Does your activity spark Content, like science, math, or literacy? Critical Thinking? Collaboration? Creativity? All of the above?

Make it MEANINGFUL

Children learn best when learning has purpose. Connect playful learning to their lives and the things they value. Ask: Is this activity intuitive? Is it relevant to families in my community?

Make it SOCIALLY INTERACTIVE

Working together drives learning. Children learn more when they cooperate, discuss, and mingle with others than when they fly solo. When families do things together, children thrive.

Join us!

Playful Learning Landscapes can become a part of your city… from sidewalks to buildings to laundromats. Submit the form below to find out more!

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Ambler, PA 19002