Mud play, water play, and explore outdoor fun is healthy and beneficial for children and even babies. Squishing and patting mud is a great way for your youngest learners-infants and toddlers, to get tactile and developing learning skills with sensory play. It helps children get used to their natural environment and playing outdoors. The beauty of water play is that it is an open-ended activity with no right or wrong way to play. It is about exploring and seeing what happens.
This year's symposium theme is "Planting Seeds of Messy Play".
At thread's Infant/Toddler Symposium, you will also gain:
• Up to six hours of Alaska SEED-approved training
• Opportunities to network and share ideas with your peers
• Hands-on activities, prizes, and more!
Rusty Keeler-a play space designer who has spent 30 years working with hundreds of schools and community leaders to design and build beautiful outdoor environments for children. Rusty is also an author, his latest book is "Adventures in Risky Play".
AnneMarie Mattacchione-Adjunct Professor, Early Childhood Education
Elia Peterson-Director of Open Arms Child Development Center-Fairbanks, Alaska
8:30am-8:45am Welcoming/House Keeping
8:45am-10:45am Rusty Keeler "Adventures in Outdoor Play!"
10:55am-12:25pm Anne Marie Mattcchione "Framing Experiences for lnfants/Toddlers
12:25pm-1 :00pm LUNCH
1 :00pm-2:30pm Matt Hebard "Outdoor Play"
2:40pm-4:10pm Elia Peterson "Flat of Round World"