Below you will find information related to play and the importance of play in early education. We encourage you to learn more about why Bright Beginnings Preschool has chosen a play-centered model for early education and we hope you find these articles useful.

Recommended Books

Let Them Play: An Early Learning (Un)Curriculum by Denita Dinger and Jeff Johnson

The Art of Roughhousing by Anthony DeBenedet

Last Child In The Woods  by Richard Louv

Adventure: The Value of Risk in Children’s Play by Joan Almon

Play by Lisa Murphy

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown

The Hurried Child by David Elkind

Consuming Kids: Protecting Our Children From the Onslaught of Marketing and Advertising by Susan Linn

Punished By Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn

Recommended Websites

Alliance for Childhood

Explorations Early Learning

Ooey Gooey


Children and Nature Network


Additional links:

The importance of play in early childhood development

Play vs Academics

Time for Play Everyday

Preschoolers at play show science skills