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Building Better Block Play Part 1

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The Building Better Block Play Part 1 on-demand session offers up an overview of the 7 stages of block play, 3 things most block play areas need more of, 5 materials to add to your block play area, thoughts on supporting and managing block play, what kids can learn through block play, and more.

Learning Goals

Attendees will:

  • Understand Johnson’s stages of block play
  • Reflect on how they support and manage block play
  • Acquire ideas for supporting block play

Registration Fee


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This is a 90-minute training

Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Competency Area

Competency Areas vary by region. Below are the competency area for this session in different regions with which we work:

  • Alabama | Learning Experiences And Enrichment / Child Development
  • Illinois | Curriculum Or Program Design
  • Michigan | Teaching And Learning
  • Missouri | Learning Environment And Curriculum
  • Nebraska | Planning Learning Experiences And Curriculum
  • Oklahoma | Learning Environments And Curriculum
  • South Dakota | Learning Environments
  • Wisconsin | Learning Experiences, Strategies, And Curriculum
  • CDA | Advancing Children’s Physical And Intellectual Development

Age Group Focus

  • Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
  • Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
  • School-Age (5 years to 12 years)


  • On-demand sessions take place on the Explorations Early Learning website
  • After registering, you will receive an email with information about the training
  • This is a self-paced training that you can complete as time allows
  • After submission, quizzes are evaluated as soon as possible
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  • This session is not National Administrator Credential approved


Jeff A Johnson–Jeff is an early learning speaker, podcast host and producer, content creator, author, and founder of Playvolution HQ and Explorations Early Learning. He has 26+ years of experience as a caregiver and has been an early learning trainer since 2000.

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Head Start Administrators
  • Early Head Start Teachers
  • Service Coordination Staff
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Parents

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