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Play Summit Workshop

This past weekend I was lucky enough to reignite my passion for conducting a weekend workshop for all three of our centers teachers. Between getting my Masters in ECE @ CSUEB, getting married, having two children, and the pandemic, it has been almost four years since I have been able to create one for my team. It was the best feeling to finally get everyone together in one space and be able to enhance our program through digging deeper on the importance of play and how to intentionally set up invitations to ignite children's curiosity + wonder to create a love for learning through open ended play.

This year was even more special since Discount School Supply sponsored the majority of the materials that were used as a part of the training and then gifted to each classroom at all three of our centers. We are eternally grateful for having such an amazing partnership with a company that truly gives back to the early childhood education field.

The workshop consisted of exploring Symbols (Letters, Numbers, Shapes), STEM, Sensory + Loose Parts Play, Process Art, & Light/Shadow/Reflection. Each table was set up with invitations that could be applied to all the age ranges we provide care for in our centers (6weeks-5 years).

Below I will break down each invitation and link all the products:

Symbols (Letters, Numbers, Shapes)







Translucent STEM Exploration on the Light Table

-Light Table

Explore and Create Insects

-Tinker Trays (Thrifted)

-Pinecones (Foraged)

Build A Jungle

Around the World People and Landmarks

-Landmark Figurines

-Landmark Images (Printed and Laminated)

Sensory + Loose Parts Play

Dino Small World Play



Georgia O'keeffe Snail Loose Parts

-Place Mats

-Flat Marbles Red + Tan

-Snail Shells

Insta Snow Sensory Bin

Spring Flower Measuring with Loose Parts

-Flat Marbles

-Speing Buttons


-Place Mats

Process Art

Still Life Spring Flowers

-Construction Paper

-Vases (Thrifted)

-Paint Swatches (Paint Store)

Abstract Painting

-Construction Paper

Textured Recycled Box Painting

-Butcher Paper

-Aluminum Foil

-Bubble Wrap (Recycled Packaging)

-Boxes (Recycled)

Abstract 3-D Assemblage Art

-Butcher Paper

-Makedo Cutters

-Hot Glue Gun & Sticks

-3-D Structure (Recycled Cardboard)


Texture Reflection Exploration

-Sensory Balls

-Large Slinkies

-LED lights

Stacking Mirror and Reflection Exploration

-Clear Cups

-Recycled Paper Tubes

Dino Light & Shadow Play

-Mini Flash Lights



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