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2023 Holiday Gift Guide

2023 Holiday Gift Guide

It's that time of year again! The season of giving. To simplify your shopping this year, we've curated timeless classics, and customer favorites within our Holiday Gift Guide to help you navigate t...

Seamless Transitions: Strategies for Navigating Extended Classroom Breaks

Seamless Transitions: Strategies for Navigating Extended Classroom Breaks

With the weather turning colder and the holiday season approaching, managing extended breaks from school can be challenging for young children due to routine disruptions, causing confusion and stre...

Hands on Play: Just What Are Loose Parts?

Hands on Play: Just What Are Loose Parts?

If you've ever watched a child open a present and become fascinated with the empty box, you've witnessed the latest trend in play - Loose Parts.

Exploring Science: Where Curiosity Begins

Exploring Science: Where Curiosity Begins

A three-year-old child bends over and intently watches a bug crawling in the grass on the playground. A four-year-old playing in the water table pours water from a pitcher into a cup and laughs whe...

The Power of Nature in Early Education

The Power of Nature in Early Education

Autumn is a season of vibrant colors and changing landscapes, offering a perfect backdrop for immersive learning experiences that fuse nature, creativity, and education. Whether you’re an early ch...

Meeting Diverse Learning Styles with Inclusive Spaces: Unlocking Learning Potential with the Mobile Sensory Play Kitchen

Meeting Diverse Learning Styles with Inclusive Spaces: Unlocking Learning Potential with the Mobile Sensory Play Kitchen

Discover how the Mobile Sensory Play Kitchen can transform your early childhood classroom into a dynamic space that caters to various learning styles. Learn from Jamie at Play to Learn Preschool an...

7 Nurturing & Smooth Transitions for Early Childhood Learners

7 Nurturing & Smooth Transitions for Early Childhood Learners

Back-to-school season is an exciting time for both parents and early childhood educators. As we prepare our little learners for this new chapter, it’s essential to address their fears and anxietie...

Colorful jewels in clear containers on a light table being played with by a young child

Illuminating Young Minds: Exploring the Benefits of Light Tables in Early Childhood Classrooms

Early childhood education plays a pivotal role in shaping the foundation of a child’s learning journey. Educators and parents are constantly seeking innovative approaches to engage young minds and ...

From Cleanup to Creativity: Tips for Closing and Preparing Your Early Childhood Classroom

From Cleanup to Creativity: Tips for Closing and Preparing Your Early Childhood Classroom

As the school year ends, early childhood educators should utilize this time to prepare for the upcoming year. By closing down the classroom for the summer, and planning ahead for next year, you can...

Simple Teacher Hacks for Organizing and Decorating Your Early Childhood Classroom

Simple Teacher Hacks for Organizing and Decorating Your Early Childhood Classroom

As an early childhood teacher, you know that organization and presentation are key to creating a positive learning environment. But with so many responsibilities, it can be difficult to find the ti...

Early Childhood Math

Early Childhood Math

image courtesy of @aprilmaura on instagram Why do we love math in the early childhood classroom?Why do we love math? It’s pretty simple: children who develop a positive attitude towards math in th...

Make Space For Learning

Make Space For Learning

Space in early childhood development, includes not only the physical area and objects for playing and learning, but also includes the time, attitude, and energy that are important for healthy physi...

Celebrate Diversity

Celebrate Diversity

Exposure to diversity builds young children's self-confidence, increases awareness, appreciation. The inclusion of diverse beliefs and cultures in early childhood education also maximizes children'...

Make Time For Play

Make Time For Play

Playtime is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Playtime allows children to use their creativ...

Helping Children Find Space for Stories

Helping Children Find Space for Stories

With National Read Across America Day coming up on Friday, we have been thinking a lot about our love of books. It reminds us of the importance of providing dedicated spaces for learning in early c...

Colorful light table accessories laying across a light panel

Shining a Light on Learning

What do literacy, music, writing, math and science have in common? They are all skills that can be learned and developed using a light table! A light table is a table that is illuminated with…wait ...

The New Modern Family

The New Modern Family

America has always been referred to as a melting pot for cultures and ethnicity's from all over the world, and the number of mixed-race families with young children is steadily increasing due to no...

5 Ways to Keep Kids Learning All Summer!

5 Ways to Keep Kids Learning All Summer!

Summer break is meant to be fun – and there are plenty of fun ways to keep kids brains working and continue learning when not in school. Incorporating a few of these activities into your child’s sc...

5 Ways to Encourage Strong Infant Emotional Health

5 Ways to Encourage Strong Infant Emotional Health

The foundation for sound mental health starts building early in life, as experiences, relationships and surroundings start shaping the architecture of the brain. Nurturing mental health at a young...

How To Construct A More Empowered Classroom: An Easy Guide

How To Construct A More Empowered Classroom: An Easy Guide

Constructing the Learning Environment Explore FurnitureExplore our Classroom GuideThe teacher’s ability to create the learning environment sets the tone for the activity and experiences in the cla...

Art: It’s not the product, It’s the process!

Art: It’s not the product, It’s the process!

UNLOCK YOUR STUDENT’S EMOTIONS THROUGH ARTShop Art Supplies The word “art” brings up many different ideas to many different people. Some remember messy art projects and the fun they had creating th...

Literacy Development: Reading is Key

Literacy Development: Reading is Key

READING IS KEYLanguage and literacy develop in young children through their interactions with the people around them. Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers learn about language through listening and ...

Helping Children Understanding Feelings

Helping Children Understanding Feelings

CHILDREN & FEELINGSChildren’s social and emotional growth begins at birth and continues throughout their childhood. Social and emotional development is a child’s ability to understand the feeli...

Quality Early Educators Individualize for each Child

Quality Early Educators Individualize for each Child

Teachers plan individualized curriculum in their classrooms to meet the needs of each child. First, they genuinely get to know the children in their classroom. They learn about their interests and ...

Art is Fun!

Art is Fun!

ART IS FUNThe preschool classroom is all abuzz with busy children playing, working, and wondering about new and different materials in the classroom. Nothing can compare to the reaction when the te...

Playground Planning 101: Bring the Power of Play to your Community!

Playground Planning 101: Bring the Power of Play to your Community!

PLAYGROUND PLANNING 101: BRING THE POWER OF PLAY TO YOUR COMMMUNITY    1. Assess Your Needs   2. Analyze The Site   3. Set a Budget   4. Design Your Playground   5. Installation   6. CelebrateSo yo...

Young Children As Active Learners

Young Children As Active Learners

Teachers and caregivers create an environment for young children to be active learners. Infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds develop social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language skills when ...

Children in classroom playing with colorful manipulatives on a light table

Exploring Light, Color, and Reflection

Preschool rooms are an environment filled with learning activities and opportunities. But providing that sense of wonder and curiosity takes more than a few materials. Working with light, color, an...

Block Play: Super Simple, Amazingly Fun and Very Effective

Block Play: Super Simple, Amazingly Fun and Very Effective

BLOCK PLAY: Super Simple, Amazingly Fun and Very EffectiveClassrooms are filled with a multitude of objects to explore, discover, and manipulate, but none can compare to the rich learning opportun...

holiday gift guide

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday shopping season has officially kicked off and it is time to get out that gift list! Our team pulled together our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide to help you navigate the endless gift possibili...

2021: A Fresh Outlook

2021: A Fresh Outlook

Although 2020 was difficult in many ways, it’s refreshing to see positive revelations come from it. One thing is for sure: we depend on each other to get through life’s toughest moments. Throughout...

Sensing Simple Play Opportunities

Sensing Simple Play Opportunities

Through all stages of early childhood development, children naturally use their five senses to discover the world around them and it is our job to give them plenty of space and opportunities to do ...

An Early Literacy Superpower: Phonological Awareness

An Early Literacy Superpower: Phonological Awareness

We’ve been celebrating early literacy all month long! The best part is seeing all the creative resources and ideas you use with your kids at home and in the classroom to develop these important ear...

Creating Magic through STEAM

Creating Magic through STEAM

This month we have been celebrating STEM and STEAM Education. What’s the difference? STEAM is simply an approach to learning that not only incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathema...

Spring Metamorphosis

Spring Metamorphosis

The weather is warming up and there is no better time to get outside to shake up the learning experience. It is as simple as moving typical indoor activities outside--lego building on the patio--or...

The Simplicity of Play

The Simplicity of Play

Younger children learn best through play! It’s easy to forget that although it may seem simplistic and unchallenging, the benefits received are unbelievable. Play relieves stress, improves brain fu...

Back to School: Sensory Play Table Refresh

Back to School: Sensory Play Table Refresh

Back to school is upon us and this year it may be more exciting than ever for all of us! We love seeing you--whether in the classroom or at home--refreshing your learning centers and ideas for the ...

Donuts, flowers and airports? Watch this Dramatic Play Makeover!

Donuts, flowers and airports? Watch this Dramatic Play Makeover!

Back to school season is upon us, and this year it is more special than ever! Many children are heading back to school in-person for the first time in over a year, or entering a classroom that fina...

Open-Ended Opportunities

Open-Ended Opportunities

The new school year is kicking off in many areas around the country. Whether you are heading back to the classroom this Fall or continuing to learn at home, we love seeing all the enthusiasm and ne...

Transitioning to a New Normal: Monitoring Children's Mental Wellbeing

Transitioning to a New Normal: Monitoring Children's Mental Wellbeing

With so many children returning to the classroom this Fall, our team feels it's important to highlight the emotions children may experience as we transition to this new normal. Schools and child ca...

Little Changes for a Big Impact: A look at Constructive Playthings Sustainability Initiatives

Little Changes for a Big Impact: A look at Constructive Playthings Sustainability Initiatives

Constructive Playthings and the US Toy family of brands have offered teachers a wide selection of educational toys and classroom resources since 1953. We have always strived to offer you, our cust...

2021 Our Top Holiday Gift Picks!

2021 Our Top Holiday Gift Picks!

The holiday shopping season is in full swing. Have you started your shopping? Our team pulled together our top picks from the 2021 Holiday Gift Guide to help you navigate the endless gift possibil...

Ignite the Imagination with Manipulatives

Ignite the Imagination with Manipulatives

Manipulatives come in so many different shapes and sizes and offer up a fantastic range of learning opportunities for early childhood development. Maria Cantillana shares her experience with one of...

Bringing Active Play Inside!

Bringing Active Play Inside!

In a school setting there comes a time of the year where weather gets colder, equipment is wet or air quality isn’t safe for children. That’s when we bring the fun indoors! I am always looking for...

Implementing a STEAM foundation in Early Childhood Curriculum

Implementing a STEAM foundation in Early Childhood Curriculum

Constructive Playthings believes that the cornerstone of early childhood education starts with STEAM. Critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity are the building blocks your students need i...

An Invitation to Create and Explore: Presentation Makes All the Difference

An Invitation to Create and Explore: Presentation Makes All the Difference

Have you ever looked at materials and thought, "I wish my kids would engage with that but they just don’t!"? You are not alone in that! There are so many amazing materials that can encourage learn...

Little Leaders: Igniting Your Children's Social-Emotional Development

Little Leaders: Igniting Your Children's Social-Emotional Development

It’s often easy to think about our children learning their basics—to read, to write, to talk–but what about how to become a balanced and emotionally-grounded person? As you probably know, social a...

Fine-tuning those fine-motor skills

Fine-tuning those fine-motor skills

Fine-motor skill development is always on the radar within any early childhood education setting. What’s great about this skill set is that most everyday tasks are fantastic ways for children to pr...

Early Childhood Play in Motion

Early Childhood Play in Motion

Little minds are constantly gathering information as they play, and one of the best ways to learn is through play in motion! We easily think of activities that involve physical movement – from jump...

Get Outside and Play in Early Childhood

Get Outside and Play in Early Childhood

Do you remember your parents kicking you outside during the summer to go run around the neighborhood? You’d come home at the end of the day sunkissed, a little bit sticky, and maybe even covered i...