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Enhance & Upgrade the CDL outdoor learning spaces...

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Project has ended
Project ended on January 10, at 11:59 PM MST
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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.

Choose a giving level


Magnetic wall

With your $35 gift today, we are one step closer towards purchasing the magnetic sensory wall for our children.


Music and magnetic wall

With your gift of $70 today, you place us closer towards purchasing the music wall and magnetic sensory walls.


Both sensory walls and sandbox

With your $100 gift today, we are now one step closer towards obtaining the magnetic wall, the musical wall and a new group play sandbox!


Sensory walls, shade and turf

With your $200 gift today, you place us one step closer towards purchasing both sensory walls, a new group play sandbox, as well as shade and turf to allow our children to use this new space year-round.


A giant jump foward

With your $500 gift today, you have helped us take a giant jump forward towards purchasing both sensory walls, a new group play sandbox, shade and turf to allow our children to use this new space year-round and begin to grow a new sustainable garden to help our children learn the importance of healthy foods.

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