Learning Library

Parents know that play helps kids grow up happy and healthy. Academic and medical research has proven it. These studies and scholarly articles, written by some of the foremost authorities on childhood development greatly support the need for more free, creative, and imaginative play. Here, you can do a little homework to learn more about play.

Welcome Kit and Play Training

All the resources and information you need to become a great Play Associate. Here you will have full access to a slew of useful resources.

Guidance to Play

Curious about what kids are learning as they play? Learn what to look for when you watch kids of different ages work with Imagination Playground blocks. 

Provocations for Design

How can the blocks be applied to a more structured, school setting? The second book by George E. Forman, Ph.D, prompts ideas for engaging children in an open-ended provocation for design.

Free Play Studies

Childhood obesity rates are rising. Time for free play is disappearing. Studies show that free play is essential for the development all children—now more than ever.

Play Equipment and Spaces Studies

What kind of play spaces benefit children the most? Loose parts that allow children to create their own play spaces are found to encourage more problem solving, creative play, and social interaction.

Block Play Studies

Play with blocks is linked to improved performance in math test scores, language development, pre-literacy preparation, problem solving skills, and social development.