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Three kinds of prompts to inspire children to play

"Tracy Sims shared a very useful summary of three kinds of “prompts” she uses to inspire children to learn through play:


Direct prompts: Adult-led activities that guide or invite children to learn in specific ways.

Implied prompts: Adult sets up materials with a specific activity idea in mind, but children choose whether to do the intended activity or to use the materials in their own way.

Open exploration: Play materials are accessible to kids (on a shelf or table, or in a basket) but there is no direct or implied prompt of any kind."


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