Engage children with meaningful constructive play! This book provides educators of young children with guidance in how to create early childhood environments that support children's natural need to play. It includes strategies for creating and scaffolding the block play experience, recommends children's books that support the learning, and outlines ways to match behaviors, content, and concepts to learning standards. Lesson plans include: Thanksgiving -- sharing and giving; our families and ourselves; winter and winter animals; large buildings around the world; birds, insects and spiders; the ocean and ocean life; amphibians and reptiles; ways to travel; and wild animals. 128 pages. Paperback.