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Play: Engaging Young Learners in Object Rich Environments

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Friday, May 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
SEEC Play Pilot Seminar Early Registration   more info Ended $250.00 $14.74
SEEC Play Pilot Seminar Ended $300.00 $17.49
SEEC Play Pilot Seminar Late Registration Ended $325.00 $18.87

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The Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center invites educators to join us for a seminar exploring the incorporation of play in our object-based approach to teaching young children.


This two day seminar takes place at the Smithsonian Institution and covers the use of play as a vehicle for engaging young children in the classroom, museum, and community. Bringing together children’s interests, play themes, and museum collections, seminar participants partake in hands-on, object based activities, gallery visits, and guided discussions with museum professionals and early childhood educators.


In this seminar, participants think critically about different types of play and how to connect play to memorable museum experiences. We explore the use of stories and narrative that tie to a child’s interests and think creatively about how to provide an environment that supports these interests. Participants practice questioning techniques that promote concept development.


By using the intrinsic motivation of play, educators can take advantage of a setting where children are attentive and actively engaged. Considering the educator’s role and approach in children’s play, seminar participants will learn to guide seemingly spontaneous activity that encourages exploration and learning.

Have questions about Play: Engaging Young Learners in Object Rich Environments? Contact Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

When & Where

Smithsonian Institution
Castle Library
1000 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20560

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM - Friday, May 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Nestled in the nation's capital in the richest museum complex in the world is the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, a model early childhood program that places children at the center of every experience. The vast collections are the foundation for the culturally diverse programming, which offer a rare opportunity for learning. Sharing professional development opportunities and family workshops are an extension of the school and combine SEEC's expertise in museums and childhood development.

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