THE POWER OF PLAY: How "Sensory Moments" can Stimulate Motor, Social, Language and Cognitive Skills
Brains scans have shown that when children are playfully engaged, immediate new connections happen in the brain. Every experience we have alerts the sensory systems. New information relays to the brain, and the brain expands.
In this course, participants will learn a diversity of games by actually playing them. Each game joyfully alerts one or more of the senses. Each game can be modified for different abilities. The games use easily found materials, and participants go home with their own creative game or toy made from recycled materials.
"The Power of Play is a full body immersion of fun and discovery. You won't just learn about child developmental stages, you’ll become a child and learn, by doing, what it is to grow and play. Picture a room full of adults sitting on the floor making games out of household items. Picture dozens of paper balls flying through the air. Now, picture yourself having the time of your life and learning what it is to be a child again. How does it feel? Joyous and delightful!"
-- Mary Halvorson, Family Education Coordinator, Swindells Resource Center, Providence Child Center, Portland OR
EXTRAORDINARY PLAY WITH ORDINARY THINGS
Games and learning toys that use recyclable and throwaways material enhance play, sensory integration, motor skills and academic awareness. Participants learn how to use their own throwaways or found-in-nature materials to make toys and games that nurture children's developmental needs starting with infancy. Participants also play games that reinforce seventeen motor skills needed for good coordination, and learn original interactive songs to enhance circle time.
"We were delighted to attend Barbara’s workshop on play with recyclables. The session proved informative, totally participative and great fun—all the ingredients for a good learning experience."
--Margaret Webb, Executive Director, Play Right, Chai Wan
DIFFERENT DRUMMERS, SAME SONG
This workshop emphasizes inclusive games that promote cognitive/academic skills for diverse ability levels or ages. Workshop participants learn how to modify games so that all children can play together and promote feelings of belonging for differently able children.
"Barbara’s group leadership skills were exceptional and her books provide a lasting resource. The world needs Barbara's skills; her teaching ability and sensitive personality enable her to deliver quality education to a diverse population regardless of geographical location."
--Jan Pessione, New Zealand registered Occupational Therapist, Central Otago Health Board, New Zealand
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THESE WORKSHOPS?
. . . everyone who was ever a kid or spends time with them now!