Fairy Dust Teaching: The art of child led play experiences [Webinar]

In this webinar we were joined by Sally Haughey, founder and CEO of Fairy Dust Teaching! Sally joined us to discuss how to create meaningful child led play experiences in early learning classrooms, and shared the essential strategies that educators need to know for designing engaging play invitations. She walked us through how we can identify children’s intent in their play, and how to identify their big ideas so we can support them in their journey of play and exploration. Sally also shared her expert tips and guiding resources for designing authentic and engaging play experiences for children. Keep reading to access the webinar recording and slides!

🎤Our Special Guest:

Sally Haughey – Founder & CEO 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!

  • Children are born knowing HOW to play, and WONDER drives it.
  • Play is what develops a child’s physical, emotional and mental growth
  • Play that adults structure and monitor is not true play. It is structured play. Effective child led play means that children are in control of the content and intent of their play.
  • Structured and guided play are play opportunities that are grounded in the ideas of the educator, not the children.
  • We can facilitate play through play invitations and play provocations.
  • The educators key role, is to listen deeply to the play that is happening.


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Maddie Hutchison

Maddie is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with a Master's in Early Childhood Studies. Her specialty is in Children's Rights and she is currently a Content Strategist for HiMama!