Tools for play inspire the desire to write

Mrs. Courtney and I spend a lot of time working out which tools for play we want to make sure we put together for the kids to use in our classroom….

Our primary goal in planning each day is to come up with different processes that not only promote growth and development, but also inspire growth and development…

Along with any process or play activity, we consider what type of growth and development might be inspired by this process and what kinds of tools for play can we add without it becoming too cluttered on the table and yet still keeping it interesting and inviting for the children…

Part of inspiring children is to bring in processes that the children are already showing an interest in. My students have been asking me to set out the telephones for play since the very first week of school so I went and dusted them off and we set them out in our outdoor classroom…

The telephones inspire conversation and imagination and role play all by themselves but I wanted to also inspire the children to do a little writing so I added clipboards, pencils, and paper to the table as well…

The telephones partnered with the clipboards, pencils, and paper did indeed inspire the process of writing in my classroom….

Some of the children are writing numbers and letters that I can recognize and others are not yet at the point where their writing can be “read by the teacher” but the important thing to keep in mind is that the children, regardless of developmental readiness, are each inspired to write something…

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By |2017-08-10T17:13:23+00:00September 13th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Scott September 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    You’re right, Deborah. Just putting out clipboards, paper, and pencils (or notepads and pencils) can encourage all kinds of writing play. I’ve seen lists of numbers, names, and scribbled messages – and kids are seeing purposeful writing in action!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      I think we have paper and pencils added just to about every center we have now Scott! I always see the potential for writing and the kids do too!

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