Enhance & Upgrade the CDL outdoor learning spaces...
Enhancing A Quality Childhood Program...
As a demonstration site for developmentally appropriate care and education, the CDL’s play yard is one of the most visible examples of what high-quality, age-appropriate education looks like. By giving today, you will help us refurbish and expand the learning opportunities we provide children and demonstrate both for students and for community professionals.
Projects include upgrading the children's sandbox and enhancing the surrounding area with a magnetic wall, a music panel, sand/water-wise play yard surfaces, our sustainable garden, and shade to encourage year-round access to engagement.
The Importance of Outdoor Play
Play is the primary means through which very young children learn the most fundamental skills essential to later success in math, science, and literacy. Outdoor play provides an opportunity for activities that foster observation, exploration, discovery, and problem solving. How big does the hole need to be for these seeds? How much water is enough? What is new or different about this plant? How many blocks do we need for our tower? Will one more block make the tower collapse? Thinking about and solving these sorts of “problems” provide the foundation for later success in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
Outdoor play activities are also an especially productive venue for developing social skills. Digging, building, pretending, and playing active games together help children learn to communicate, cooperate, negotiate, and compromise.
The Child Development Laboratory (CDL)
As a model of high-quality developmentally appropriate early childhood education and care, ASU’s Child Development Laboratory provides a rich learning environment for young children, ASU students, and early childhood professionals from the Greater Phoenix metropolitan region. The CDL provides full-day care for children ages 20 months to five years. Our staff offer opportunities for supervised learning activities and internships, as well as student employment for ASU students pursuing careers working with children and families.
When Considering Outdoor Sensory Play
- We believe that by providing a child ample opportunity for child-directed exploration, we foster a child’s natural curiosity which prompts learning, allows a child to explore their sense of wonder, and enhances their journey as a life-long learner.
- Experimenting with mediums like magnets and music provide opportunities to develop age-appropriate understanding of concepts like motion, volume, and cause and effect in a hands-on manner with natural materials.
- Open-ended creative and sensory experiences, like sand, water, and gardening provide opportunities to develop social, verbal, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
Give today to create a great learning future for the students of the Child Development Lab.