Every year, the Center for Early Childhood Education, Eastern Connecticut State University conducts a survey in which researchers observe children playing with a variety of toys -nominated by teachers, parents, researchers, and children themselves - in a free play setting in preschool classrooms. They code children’s use of the toys in three areas: thinking/learning/problem solving, social interaction, and creativity.
Every now and then an especially noteworthy person comes along. They challenge existing norms without care for bucking a trend. Caroline Pratt is one of those people. We are such big fans of her work, in fact, we consider her our hero. The American born, Pratt (1867-1954) revolutionized education as we know it.