RECE, Early Childhood Educator

Ontario, CA


Why Wood? The Many Benefits of Blocks and Wooden Toys for Children and their Families!


If the child is made of one hundred languages what is the language of wood? How do wooden toys speak to children? What do they say to their parents? What worlds to discover do wooden toys hold for children and for their families? Made by nature, wood has so many benefits when used for toys. At a time when families are looking to purchase gifts for children that have meaning and are meaningful, wooden toys provide an alternative to the commercialism of plastics. Wood speaks to the senses. This session will focus on the developmental and learning benefits of blocks and wooden toys with plenty of resources available to support teachers and families. We will learn why blocks and wooden toys never go out of style!


Diane is a registered early childhood educator in the province of Ontario. Before retiring Diane taught early childhood education at both the degree and the diploma level for almost 30 years. Diane’s doctoral thesis on emergent curriculum was published in 2009 and she has co-written three ECE textbooks. Diane is the past president of the Association for Early Childhood Educators of Ontario and the current coordinator of the York Region Nature Collaborative. Diane’s areas of interest include play, blocks, forest and nature schools, risky play, loose parts, Reggio inspired practice, outdoor play and emergent curriculum. Diane writes a blog to support professional learning in early childhood education: Technology Rich Inquiry Based Research and loves to engage in continuous professional learning face to face and through social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Diane presents workshops, webinars and keynote addresses in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.