Research & Links

Interested in exploring more about experiential learning, play, child development and parenting? Here are some resources that inform our approach.


What Improv Teaches Us About Creativity

“Improv isn’t about wisecracks and one-liners. It’s about creating a structure where characters and narratives are quickly created, developed, sometimes forgotten and other times resolved.”

Guided play


Guided Play: Principles and Practices (Weisberg et al, 2016)
"Guided play combines the best elements of free play and direct instruction: child autonomy and adult expertise."

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education: Guided Play (Zosh et al, 2016)
"There need not be tension between free play and didactic instruction. Guided play highlights what is to be learned through inviting children’s participation and maximizing learning."

Failure = Learning


Parents' View of Failure Predicts Children's Fixed and Growth Intelligence Mindsets

"parents who see failure as debilitating focus on their children’s performance and ability rather than on their children’s learning, and their children, in turn, tend to believe that intelligence is fixed rather than malleable"


Failing to Learn and Learning to Fail (Intelligently): How Great Organizations Put Failure to Work to Improve and Innovate

As human beings, we are socialized to distance ourselves from failures. Reframing failure from something associated with shame and weakness to something associated with risk, uncertainty and improvement is a critical first step on the learning journey.

Nurturing curiosity


Driven to Discover Tip Sheet

Tips for playing with your 0-3 year old in ways that promote curiosity and shared exploration.


"Positive parenting describes a set of parental behaviors that foster a child's capacity to love, trust, explore and learn." Infographic here.



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