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Strong Museum of Play

Even if you are not able to visit the museum, this website showcases some amazing ideas for games and interactive activities for kids. You can explore:
  • children's literature
  • a kid-sized supermarket
  • the Sesame Street neighborhood, and more.
Go to Just for Kids to answer quiz questions, manipulate tangrams, draw a family portrait, or make a paper bag puppet. The site also explains why play is essential to child development. Quote from the site: Play is fun! But play is also a whole lot more. Humans have played since earliest times, and philosophers and scholars have thought about it for centuries. More than 2,000 years ago, Plato suggested, “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”


Published by Strong National Museum of Play in 2007

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Areas:History/Social Science
Physical Education
Themes/Keywords: Crafts
Museum
Play
Toys


Vocabulary
culture, psychology, imagination, dexterity, cognitive


Essential Question(s)
1. Why is Play more than just fun?

Discussion Question(s)
1. Why is play essential for human development?
2. Why do children who play are better in school and become more successful adults?
3. What research is available that supports the importance of play?



"Thank you for such a well designed site for this course! All the links work, and it is easy to maneuver from one place to another. I like how the assignments are clearly listed and have the date next to them. I can get right to learning when I log on rather than struggling to figure out how how to get from place to place. I’m taking another online course now and it is a nightmare and very frustrating.

Thanks for making this a good experience!"



pictureDaryl Hanneman
School Psychologist
Grant Wood AEA - Cedar Rapids, Iowa






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