Fairy Dust Teaching: How to Use Play to Encourage Children’s Learning [Webinar]

In this webinar, we welcomed Sally Haughey, CEO, and Founder of Fairy Dust Teaching. Sally shared her story on how Fairy Dust Teaching came to be, and how important the power of play is for children’s learning. Sally left us inspired as we reflected on our teaching practice and gave us the reminder that children are born knowing how to play, and wonder drives it!

🎤Our Special Guest!

Sally Haughey, CEO, and Founder of Fairy Dust Teaching.

Sally Haughey is the CEO and Founder of Fairy Dust Teaching. Fairy Dust Teaching is built on the passion for the wonder and magic of early childhood. They believe young children have the right to play, to be collaborators in learning, and to dream.

🧪Key Learning Outcomes From Sally

  • All children are wired for play, and it’s inherent in human nature. 
  • Wonder, interest, and curiosity sparks play and drives development in children.
  • Play is what develops a child’s physical, emotional and mental growth. 
  • Both structured and guided play are opportunities that are grounded in the ideas of the educator or a toy itself, not the children.
  • To help the children to facilitate play, educators need to get up underneath the children’s play urgers and support their motivations. 
  • Children need support with learning and growth through their play with invitations and provocations.


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Ria Reive

Ria Reive in the Community Ambassador at HiMama. Prior to starting at HiMama, Ria was an Early Childhood Educator and worked 6 years in the classroom. She taught all ages but mainly preschoolers. Ria lives in Toronto with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her niece and nephew and being on the water.

One comment

  • Colleen Touranjoe says:

    loved every minute of this webinar.I too has a deep respect for having play be an important part of the classroom.Thanks again