Play isn't just fun, it's essential

Play is enhances emotional wellbeing, helps children build social skills and independence, improves resiliency, and strengthens relationships with caregivers. 

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PLAY! Classes

Full Circle's PLAY! Classes are designed by our speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, and developmental-behavioral pediatrician with the goal of showing parents ways to support their child's development through play.  

Our PLAY! Classes are dynamic, inspiring, sometimes a little messy, and always fun.  

I loved exploring new textures (like flubber!) with my son, and meeting other moms!
— Mother of 2 year old

Join us for a PLAY! Class

We hope you will join us for an upcoming PLAY! Class!  We welcome all developmental levels, though if you ever have questions about your child's participation, please let us know.  Our PLAY! Class calendar is below.  If no events are listed, come back soon as we update the schedule!  

Registration donations go toward funding our Building Blocks program, which provides effective unit blocks to families in need in our area. So, when you sign-up for a class, you are not only supporting your child's development, but the development of children in your local community as well!

 

PLAY! Activity Resource Library

With the goal of making healthy play accessible to all children, we are offering free access to activities designed by our team of child development specialists!  We welcome feedback as we continue to grow this area of our site, and if you are particularly inspired by an activity, please consider supporting our mission. 

Enjoy!

 


Our Building Blocks To Development Program

Unit blocks have been shown to improve language development, particularly in low-income children. But, these wooden blocks are unaffordable for the many children who have the potential to receive the greatest benefit.  

At Full Circle, our PLAY! classes and programs go directly toward funding unit blocks for families in need.  We couple all donations of unit blocks with specific parent education in developmental play, maximizing the benefit of these simple, yet effective blocks. 

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Research Supports Play!

The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bond: Focus on Children in Poverty.  American Academy of Pediatrics

Effect of Block Play on Language Acquisition and Attention in Toddlers.  Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Journal

Learning Through Play. Sesame Street in Communities (Video).