In 2009, a small group of educators, business leaders, authors and researchers come together to champion the importance of play in the lives of children. Conceived as a multi-tiered social movement, the groundbreaking initiative aims to ensure that all children are provided with the competitive skills necessary to succeed in the 21st Century global economy as well as build a public dialog to underscore the value of play in fostering lifelong achievement and social, emotional and physical well being.
Founded by a consortium led by the Temple; University of Delaware; Children’s Museum of Manhattan; Johns Hopkins University Brain Science Institute. This group is committed to working towards affecting policy and education delivery and overcoming the disconnect between what we know about learning and how we are teaching. The organization’s mission is to change attitudes, beliefs and practices how children learn among families, educators, child-care providers, pediatricians and policymakers.
"During three decades engaged in musical play with children, I have been advocating on their behalf with the maxim, “Play is the work of the young child." Through creative play children make sense of the world and their place in it. I applaud the Ultimate Block Party for their efforts to create a unique play experience for children, along with an opportunity for adults to understand that children’s learning is founded in play."
"A truly wonderful day of joy for children and families -- engagment, wonder and learning all in one! The combination of Ultimate Block Party and Children's Museum is a win for eveyone."
The Ultimate Block Party aims to create a multi-pronged social movement that champions the importance of play and playful learning in children’s lives. We seek to ensure that all children are provided with competitive skills for the 21st century global world and to build a public groundswell about the value of play for fostering lifelong learning in the sciences and the arts. Our mission is to affect policy about children and the way we deliver education in our society.
The statistics are staggering. While we know that engaging children in learning through play and the arts is an integral part of how children learn, it is under siege. The major skills required for the 21st Century include collaboration, communication, content acquisition, critical thinking, creative innovation, and character. Research shows that playful learning provides an opportunity to build these skills in essential ways, yet:
The Ultimate Block Party is much more than a single event. The Block Party brings communities together with lasting impact. Our advisory boards are available to support ongoing community outreach efforts and our website’s blog and social media provides current, relevant information for families and educators.