Cape Cod Toy Library, Inc. (CCTL) – A Family Play Learning Center for the whole community is holding a “Taking Flight” Opening Event – A FREE fun, Family Play Day for the whole family to enjoy exploring, experimenting and creating together!
Saturday, June 1st, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at 1663 Main Street (6A), West Barnstable 02668
Cape Cod Toy Library, Inc. (CCTL) now has a home base to begin operations - thanks to the generosity of West Barnstable’s First Lutheran Church as well as community support from hundreds of individuals, local businesses and foundations over the past several months. (Details available upon request.)
CCTL will provide a family play space by hosting regular Family Play Days events each Friday and Saturday 10-2 following the opening June 1st.
CCTL's inviting, enriching play environment meets the expressed needs of many parents, who have been working very hard - for months to help make “this dream - come true” for Cape children and families!
Cape Cod Toy Library’s Opening FREE “Family Play Day” June 1st will give Cape families a place to spend time together in a screen-free environment where they can freely explore, experiment, and create with a wide variety of play materials for young children 0-9. These enriching play materials will support all areas of children’s development including their sensory, physical, creative, social, emotional, language and cognitive development. Child development play experts will be present to support children and families in their exploratory play experiences and to answer parents questions.
Why is this needed?
Unfortunately, children today - are not getting the interactive, joyful play experiences, they need for their healthy development. Over the past 60 years there’s been a gradual decline in play for children, and research is showing the adverse effect for children’s development. Today, there’s a deficit in children’s social-emotional skills and a decline in their empathy, creativity, language and vocabulary development. There’s also been an increase in childhood traumas, children’s social emotional disorders, substance abuse and youth suicides.
In order for children to grow into healthy productive adults, play is essential for their cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development. Through exploratory play children develop problem solving and social skills as well as their curiosity and motivation to learn. They experience joy in learning. A child’s first 3 years of play experiences are critical for healthy brain development. “Play is as integral to our health as sleep and nutrition; it is the single most significant factor in determining our success and happiness.” (Stuart Brown, MD)
Cape Cod Toy Library’s mission is to provide enriching, accessible, culturally sensitive, educational environments and resources that promote learning through play experiences to foster healthy child development Cape Cod Toy Library is providing an inviting community place for families to play together and learn together, and help reduce the isolation many Cape families experience. Our screen-free play environment, complete with a wide selection of quality toys, will offer young children enriching, interactive play experiences needed for their development and preparation for life! Our professional staff will help facilitate children’s play and help parents in their parenting journey! When we treat children's play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that's to be found in the creative spirit. It's the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.” Fred Rogers