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Young Minds at Play

Anyone who knows young children can see that play is important to them. But adults do not always agree about what play is or what its role should be in early care and education or in childhood generally. In Young Minds at Play, Dr. Jean Mendoza explores a variety of issues related to play and children. We hope that readers will comment, ask questions, or suggest topics for future blog entries by e-mailing iel@illinois.edu.

New blog entries are added every quarter along with the IEL Quarterly News.

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    “Mud-Luscious”: Some Thoughts on Messy Play About
    By Jean Mendoza, June 2015 IEL Blog: Young Minds at Play
    Playing with Sticks: A Childhood Tradition About
    By Jean Mendoza, March 2015
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    What Puppets Can Mean to Children, Part 2 About
    By Jean Mendoza, December 2014
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    What Puppets Can Mean to Children About
    By Jean Mendoza, September 2014
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    Making a Case for Play Around the World About
    By Jean Mendoza, June 2014
  • IEL Blog: Young Minds at Play
    Science Play with an Award-winning Toy About
    By Jean Mendoza, March 2014
Mendoza

Jean Mendoza is a content specialist for the Illinois Early Learning Project. She has worked and played in a variety of settings, including home child care, preschool programs, a K–1 classroom, and early childhood teacher education. Her professional interests include outdoor play, play therapy, and the role of play in children’s inquiry.

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