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Understanding Heavy Work

The term heavy work refers to activities that push or pull against the body or involve carrying. It turns out such activities support physical, social, and emotional development. Sadly, 21st century kids engage in much less heavy work than kids of previous generations. This self-paced on-demand training looks at the role heavy work plays in learning and development, shares lots of examples of heavy work, and explores ways to provide kids with more opportunities to engage in heavy work.



90 Minutes

Learning Goals

Attendees will:

  • Understand the definition of heavy work and its role in learning and development
  • Investigate a variety of playful heavy work activities
  • Explore ways to provide children with more opportunities to engage in playful heavy work


Jeff A Johnson

Competency Area

Planning Learning Experiences And Curriculum

(Note that competency areas vary by region.  Our certificates display the proper terminology for an attendee’s location)

Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Parents

Age Group Focus

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

National Administrator Credential Approved




While there are too many organizations overseeing the approval of early learning professional development for us to keep track of, we know this training is accepted as follows:

United States

This session is pre-approved as professional development in IL, NE, MI, and WI.

This session is accepted as professional development in Arizona, South Dakota, and Indiana


Alberta | We have been informed that Alberta does not have a pre-approval process and that our certificates contain the required information to be accepted as in-service training.
British Columbia | Explorations Early Learning was told that in BC, “professional development is assessed on a case by case basis after the workshop has been completed, and the certificate has been received.” Our certificates contain all the information required for approval, and our sessions cover topics that are traditionally approved.

After completing all the session’s lessons and quizzes, we’ll email a link to a session evaluation. Complete this evaluation, and a personalized PDF certificate of participation is generated and emailed to you.



We want to assure you have a quality training experience and are here to provide support and answer questions at any time. Contact us at jeff@explorationsearlylearning.com any time and expect a prompt response.


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We record all sessions. If there are technical problems while attending a live session, or you are unable to attend live, we can set you up with access to the session’s recording. Recordings are available within 24 hours of the live event. Please note that certificates are invalid in some locations if the attendee views a recording.