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The Importance of Sensory-Rich Play


Course Length

2 hours (0.2 CEUs)

Delivery Method

Asynchronous eLearning


On-Demand eLearning

Course Summary

Adventurous play goes by many names—messy play, nature-based play, big body play. It is exciting to children and meets important development needs, but facilitating this type of play can be a challenge to the staff of regulated early care programs. Learn the research behind, and strategies for, supporting young children as they make choices and assess risks during highly physical, sensory-rich play.

CEU Credits

.2 CEUs

CDA Competency Area

Content Area II: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development

MN KCF Content Area

II.E: Promoting Creative Development


1 (Beginner)

State Approval



This course is designed to be part of a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential curriculum. It covers CDA Subject Area 2: Steps to Advance Children’s Physical and Intellectual Development. This course can also be taken as a stand-alone learning event, or as part of a broader early childhood education curriculum.