At the intersection of the global cities movement and the movement to optimize early education in and out of school, lies Playful Learning Landscapes.  Check out some useful video introductions below about our current work and project goals…



Gaudreau, C., Bustamante, A. S., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2021). Questions in a life-sized board game: Comparing caregivers’ and children’s question-asking across STEM museum exhibits. Mind, Brain, and Education. [PDF Link] [Online link]

Bustamante, A. S., Schlesinger, M., Begolli, K. N., Golinkoff, R. M, Shahidi, N., Zonji, S., Riesen, C., Evans, N. & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2020). More than just a game: Transforming social interaction and STEM play with Parkopolis. Developmental Psychology, 56(6), 1041-1056. [PDF Link] [Online link]

Hassinger-Das, B., Palti, I., Golinkoff, R. M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2020). Urban Thinkscape: Infusing public spaces with STEM conversation and interaction opportunities. Journal of Cognition and Development, 21(1), 125-147. [PDF Link] [Online Link]

Hassinger-Das, B., Zosh, J. M., Hansen, N., Talarowski, M., Zmich, K., Golinkoff, R. M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2020). Play-and-learn: Leveraging library spaces to promote caregiver and child interaction. Library and Information Science Research, 42(1). [PDF Link] [Online link]

Schlesinger, M. A., Hassinger-Das, B., Zosh, J. M., Sawyer, J., Evans, N., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2020). Cognitive behavioral science behind the value of play: Leveraging everyday experiences to promote play, learning, and positive interactions. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 19(2), 202-216. [PDF Link] [Online link]

Schlesinger, M. A., Sawyer, J., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Fabiano, R. (2020). Play Captains on Play Streets: A community-university playful learning and teen leadership collaboration. Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice, 3(1), 1-13. [PDF Link] [Online Link]

Bustamante, A. S., Hassinger-Das, B., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2019). Learning Landscapes: Where the science of learning meets architectural design. Child Development Perspectives13(1), 34–40. [PDF Link] [Online link]

Schlesinger, M. A., Hassinger-Das, B., Zosh, J. M., Golinkoff, R. M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2019). “When I was little, I loved to play”. Describing play experiences using a community-based lens. Scottish Educational Review, 51(2), 90-107. [PDF Link]

Bustamante, A. S. (2018). Preliminary results from Parkopolis: The life-size STEM board game. Poster presented at the The Administration for Children and Families National Research Conference on Early Childhood, Arlington, VA. [PDF Link]

Hassinger-Das, B., Bustamante, A., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. (2018). Learning Landscapes: Playing the way to learning and engagement in public spaces. Education Sciences, 8(2), 74. [PDF Link] [Online link]

Hassinger‐Das, B., Bustamante, A. S., Hirsh‐Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M., Magsamen, S., Pearlman‐Robinson, J., & Winthrop, R. (2018). Learning Landscapes: Can urban planning and the learning sciences work together to help children? Brookings Institution Policy Report. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution. [PDF Link] [Online link]

Yogman, M., Garner, A., Hutchinson, J., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M., & Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health. (2018). The power of play: A pediatric role in enhancing development in young children. Pediatrics142(3), e20182058.

Grob, R., Schlesinger, M., Pace, A., Golinkoff, R. M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2017). Playing with ideas: Evaluating the impact of the Ultimate Block Party, a collective experiential intervention to enrich perceptions of play. Child Development88(5), 1419–1434. [PDF Link] [Online link]

Ridge, K. E., Weisberg, D. S., Ilgaz, H., Hirsh-Pasek, K. A., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2015). Supermarket Speak: Increasing talk among low-socioeconomic status families. Mind, Brain, and Education9(3), 127–135. [PDF Link] [Online link]

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