All About Play
Myth Busters (Myth or Fact)
Levels of Quality
Is it Free Play?
The more you know...
100

Children choose to engage in the activity simply because it's enjoyable and satisfying to them, not because they will be rewarded.

What is intrinsically motivated?

100

Children have free reign over the classroom.  It's mass chaos. 

What is a myth about free play?

100

Active play helps children with coordination, balance, motor skills, and spending natural energy.

What is developing physical skills through play?

100

Children are unable to open lids to access toys.

What is a physical barrier to free play?
100

This is the National Animal of Scotland

What is a Unicorn?

200

Children are permitted to choose the activity they wish to do and how they wish to do it.

What is free play or free choice?

200

Children learn how to play with others including social skills and problem solving.

What is a fact about free play?

200

You will miss out on outdoor time if you don't meet this expectation (ie cleaning up, writing their name, etc) when children really need to expend some energy outdoors. 

What is a punitive reaction?

200

Children can reach and use the materials, furnishings and equipment.

What is accessible?

200

This animal laughs when tickled.

What is a rat?

300

Children focus on and find satisfaction in the activity itself.  They are not focused on a specific goal related to the activity.

What is Process oriented?

300

Caregivers get to sit around during this time.

What is a myth about free play time?

300

Free play occurs for at least one hour indoors and outdoors with many materials to keep children engaged.

What is Good level of quality for Free Play?

300

Children are not allowed to play in a certain area.

What is a staff controlled barrier to free play?

300
This animal's sound doesn't echo.

What is a duck?

400
Children's work that is fun and engaging.

What is play?

400

Parents HATE free play!  Their three-year-old must be reading novels!

What is a myth about free play? and

What is an unrealistic expectation?

400

8:00-8:30  story time

8:30-9:00 Circle time

9:00-9:30 Small Group Time

9:30-10:00 Music Time

10:00-10:30 Snack time

10:30-11:00 Phonics time

11:30-12:00 Group time

What is inadequate or nonexistent free play?

400

Children are in group activities most of their morning.

What is a time/schedule barrier to free play?

400
This animal is 95% water

What is a jelly fish?

500

"But all you do is play all day!"

What is a myth about the importance of early childhood education?

500

Children learn new things by exploration and trial and error. 

What is a fact about free play?

500

Developing physical skills, processing and expressing emotions, enhancing social skills, improving cognitive abilities, increasing social skills and improving communication skills.

What are the benefits of Free Play?

500

Centers are crowded and children are unable to use materials to their satisfaction?

What is a physical barrier to free play?

500
This animal's bite is so strong, it can break a bowling ball.

What is a grizzly bear?

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