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BACK BEHIND THE CAMERA!

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The Bright Day Foundation tribute to play-based learning, the film documentary titled PLAY IS THE WAY! is back in production after a 2-year pandemic-induced hiatus.

“Exactly two years ago April, we were packed up and heading to Japan, after successfully filming here in the USA, in New York and San Francisco, when everything – EVERYTHING – came to a screeching halt, ” says David Krishock, Executive Director of Bright Day Foundation.  He continued, “we were eager to film with our international partners in Europe, Asia, and the USA so we could continue to assemble our film and tell our story – a revolutionary story that must be told to educators and parents worldwide – that quite possibly play is the best way for our children to learn.”

Children possess a natural curiosity and have an innate desire to learn.  Also, children love to play.  And, children individually have preferences for how they play.  Combine these three elements and a much more robust, much more effective child learning and development paradigm is formed.  It’s a child-centered, child-directed method of teaching and learning.

“Our film visits best practice centers worldwide to tell our story”, says David Krishock, “we take educators and parents to places never before seen, to classrooms and play spaces that provide real-life examples of play-based learning – environments that underscore how play-based learning works, and these examples help illustrate why it is so effective.  We are very fortunate to be partnering with a group of experts to help tell our story.”

The revised schedule has the Bright Day film production crew visiting England and Denmark in September, Japan and South Korea in October, and possibly Australia and New Zealand during that same period.

For more information on Bright Day Foundation, the PLAY IS THE WAY! film documentary, and other Foundation initiatives – or our Bright Day Big Blocks please call +01-818-914-6541 or email contact@brightdayfoundation.org.

 

About Bright Day – conceived in 1988, Bright Day was created to help children learn.

Bright Day Big Blocks was inspired by the power of super-big, kid-sized, foam building blocks.  Children stack, connect and become so deeply engaged they learn as they play.  Benefits to children include unlocking their natural curiosity – building creativity and use of imagination, problem-solving and critical thinking, communication and collaboration, building confidence and self-esteem – advancing cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.  Big Blocks are a superb method of demonstrating the advantages of learning through play.

Bright Day Foundation was also created as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides our Big Blocks to under-resourced schools country-wide.

Bright Day is a global tribute to the transformational powers of play-based learning.

BRIGHT DAY ANNOUNCES DONATION TO SAVE THE CHILDREN!

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BRIGHT DAY ANNOUNCES DONATION TO SAVE THE CHILDREN!

Bright Day Foundation announces it will donate to the SAVE THE CHILDREN Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.

The purpose of Bright Day Foundation is to donate its life-changing learning tools, Big Blocks, to poverty-stricken schools across the USA.

However, earlier this month, Laurel Tucker, Co-Founder of Bright Day Big Blocks, and its charitable entity Bright Day Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit announced that during the month of March 2022 Bright Day Foundation will redirect its giving efforts by donating a portion of Bright Day Big Blocks March 2022 proceeds to SAVE THE CHILDREN.

Laurel Tucker says, “We know the frightening news we hear and the pictures we see each day do not come close to capturing the scale of the tragedy the Ukrainian families are experiencing at this very moment.  It is up to those that can help, to help, making every attempt to keep the families and children as safe as possible during this horrific period.  We vow to do our part, as much as we can, by redirecting our giving toward SAVE THE CHILDREN and their Ukrainian Relief Fund.”

SAVE THE CHILDREN believes every child deserves the opportunity to learn and be protected from harm.

They report at this very moment there are 8 million Ukrainian children in grave physical and emotional danger.  SAVE THE CHILDREN works in the hardest to reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child – and is delivering food, clothing, organizing shelter for families – and more.

If you would like to know more about the work of SAVE THE CHILDREN and their Ukrainian Crisis Relief Fund visit their website at www.savethechildren.org

If you would like to connect with Bright Day Big Blocks + Bright Day Foundation email  contact@brightdayfoundation.org – or call 818-914-6541.

BIG FOAM BLOCKS!

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BIG FOAM BLOCKS!

Amazing to think about the simplicity of the Bright Day Big Block idea!

For years, decades, and centuries blocks have been a staple of children’s play.

Even though the educational toy term, blocks wasn’t coined until the early 1800’s children were collecting, stacking, and building with brick-like objects far back into recorded history.  “Playing with stackable, buildable objects always unlocks a child’s curiosity, enables creativity and self-expression, collaboration and communication, always builds confidence – and more”, says Laurel Tucker, Co-Founder at Bright Day Big Blocks.

For close to a century the most children’s popular blocks were made of wood, but in the 1930’s foam blocks gained popularity – more shapes and more colors.  In the early 2000’s Bright Day Big Blocks began thinking about and experimenting with foam blocks and big foam blocks – of all shapes and colors.  Big foam blocks that encouraged block stacking, block connecting, and making about anything children could dream of – from animal and insects to trucks and spaceships – and all else imaginable.

Big foam blocks are now the rage – they memorize a child when seen.  The blocks in their simple shapes invite a child to touch, feel, build, and create dreams.  Once a child engages with Bright Day big foam blocks they “go deep into the creative process, that’s when the true learning magic happens”, continues Laurel Tucker.  “We are the Big Foam Block Company – and every day we think about how to continue to evolve the big block idea to bring more joy and learning to children worldwide.”

Contact us to talk about blocks, and kids, and our philosophy – and anything else that is on your mind.  Engage with us, including our esteemed Advisory Panel – we are all here to help you help your children play and learn.

Website:  www.brightdaybigblocks.com

Email:  contact@brightdaybigblocks.com

Phone:  01-818-914-6541

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NEW Referral Reward Program – We’re Helping Our Community Get Their Blocks!

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The number one question from our Community to Bright Day Big Blocks usually is – “how can I get a set of Big Blocks for free?” Now, it’s not that folks expect free blocks – they are just asking about all the possibilities – such as securing Grants, or staging Fundraisers, etc. Well, when our Community speaks, we listen, and come to the rescue! We are pleased to introduce our newest program, what we call Referral Reward.

Referral Reward is both simple to understand and execute. If a school or organization wants to get that free set of Big Blocks – they simply find 4 other organizations in their network, get all 5 to order a Big Block set and 1 set is completely FREE of charge.

“This program provides yet another way for schools and organizations to plan for a free set of our Big Blocks, says Laurel Tucker, Co-Founder of Bright Day Big Blocks. Schools depend on Grants, and Fundraisers, and now they can depend on our Referral Reward program.”

This program was tested by our South Korean Distributor, and it was and is a gigantic success. “Free is a compelling proposition, and our Big Blocks are a beloved product. Combining the ideas of working inside a network to earn a free set of Big Blocks has created a super-powerful response,” continues Laurel.

A great example of how such a program works comes from Adelaide, Australia. A city park was interested in buying a Big Block set, but before they did they canvassed the other park Managers in the city – and low and behold, the total order was for several Big Block sets. That’s a perfect way to leverage the benefit of free Big Blocks via Referral Reward, says Laurel. “We filled a shipping container with Big Block sets for Adelaide, what fun! Anyone that would like help or more information on participating in the Bright Day Referral Reward program please reach out to us via email at contact@brightdaybigblocks.com or call our office at 818-914-6541. Bright Day is always here to help you help your children Play + Learn.

Bright Day Big Blocks Launches Preschool Classroom Curriculum

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Company Helping Build Today’s Modern Classroom by Supporting Play, Theme, and Project-Based Learning

Today Bright Day Big Blocks and its not-for-profit Bright Day Foundation launches its play, theme and project-based curriculum, developed to help preschool and kindergarten teachers stimulate that inborn curiosity children possess, getting them to engage more, collaborate more, discover more, and develop that natural love for learning.

Across the globe classrooms that serve the development of children 2 to 6 years old are rapidly growing in numbers, and are projected to continue to grow over the next decade. This growth is attributable to communities being more aware of the developmental advantages of early learning, and government willingness to fund the expansion of preschools and kindergartens. Over the last decade, the quality of programs offered in these classrooms has improved, but it is generally believed by educators that more can be done to better stimulate the brains and bodies of young children.

Over the last 18 months, Bright Day has worked with its global partners in Asia, in Europe and across the USA to develop preschool curriculum that is play-based, theme-based, and project-based in its approach. Bright Day coined the term Modern Classroom to describe the learning environment this new style curriculum creates.

“The most natural activity for a child is play,” says Laurel Tucker, Co-Founder, Chief Executive of Bright Day Big Blocks. “While a child is at play they encounter so many learning situations and opportunities. Experts contend children are exposed to the entire world through their play – building vocabulary through communication, creativity through exploration, problem-solving through experimentation. Also, as children play they build dexterity and strength. Play fully builds the social, and emotional aspects, as well as the brain and body of every child,” she continues.

The Bright Day Classroom Curriculum combined the philosophies of pioneers in early childhood education – Maria Montessori, John Dewey, Rudolf Steiner, Loris Malaguzzi, and others. In their day, these experts supported a child-focused, play-based learning approach possessing play themes, as well as taking on the scope of longer-term, collaborative projects as the best way for a child to develop, and ultimately embrace a desire to learn.

Bright Day’s Co-Founder and its Foundation Executive Director, David Krishock says. “we believe any preschool or kindergarten can adopt our Modern Classroom practices. Our play, theme and project-based curriculum provides teachers with an easy to understand and follow blueprint – featuring philosophy and practice, as well as process and a step-by-step approach to launching this in any school or related organization. We are using every ounce of our energy to make it easy for schools to adopt a better way for children to learn – we 100% wholeheartedly believe play is the way forward,” he states.

Bright Day Foundation and Bright Day Big Blocks want all early childhood organizations to know that the curriculum is 100% free to all teachers and schools – and also there is an open invitation to participate. “once you create, you must evolve,” says Laurel Tucker. She continues, “We welcome input from progressive institutions and certified educators who desire to help build this Modern Classroom through play, theme, and project-based approaches.” Submissions including opinions, ideas, and addendum’s can be submitted to:

Bright Day Big Blocks Classroom Curriculum

P.O. Box 8039

Los Angeles, CA 91372

To obtain a copy of Bright Day Big Block Classroom Curriculum visit www.brightdaybigblocks.com and follow the prompts to a downloadable version.

More Blocks More Fun

Bright Day Foundation Launches Its First Giving Campaign

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More Blocks More Fun

Earlier this year, Bright Day Foundation launched itself and its 2020 Giving Campaign by focusing gifts to Children’s Museums throughout the United States of America. This campaign, titled More Blocks More Fun, resulted in gifting close to 100 Medium Block Kits with a value of over $35,000 USD.

David Krishock, Bright Day Co-Founder, and head of the Bright Day Foundation said, “it’s not so much the value of the gift – but rather how many children we have helped through this effort. We estimate these gifted Blocks have touched close to 100,000 children thus far, as well as their parents and relatives.

Nothing better than helping children play – because when they play, they not only have fun – they learn and grow.”

Planning for this initiative began in 2019 when members of the Association of Children’s Museum members were contacted by Bright Day Big Blocks and asked if they would be interested in a donation of the kid-favorite Medium Block Kit. “The promise made – it’s a gift from the heart, no strings attached. The response from many ACM members was – how soon can we get these Blocks – and the program was off and running,” says Krishock.

The scope of the program was large – “I believe it covered locations from coast to coast – from Vermont to California and every state in between. At Bright Day Foundation we realized we touched Children’s Museums doing good work in rural areas, in areas serving those economically disadvantaged, and even on-the-go mobile play centers. We were humbled working with children’s museums that put so much effort into serving their community and helping young children find joy in playing. The Association of Children’s Museums is a great organization with amazing members – we are proud to be a partner with them,” says Krishock.

Bright Day Foundation is working on its next gifting program, TitleOneDerful ™ – a program designed to reach the more than 45,000 Title 1 elementary schools in the United States. Details of this exciting program will be announced this June.

To learn more about Bright Day Foundation and Bright Day Big Blocks visit website www.brightdaybigblocks.com or www.brightdayfoundation.org

Helping Teachers Smile

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Bright Day speaks with Teachers each and every day. Over the last three weeks Bright Day’s interaction with Teachers has left the company with a bit of worry. Teachers are having to carve new pathways to be in touch with their kids during this unsettled time.

Laurel Tucker, Co-Founder of Bright Day Big Blocks says “the Teachers we have spoken to are 100% dedicated to keeping in touch and helping their children as much as possible during this “Safer At Home” period. As we speak to Teachers we can hear the worry for their children in their voices. This impressive Teacher effort makes us want to help in any way we can – we all love and greatly respect our community of Teachers.”

Laurel Tucker explains, “based on who we are and what we do here at Bright Day we would like to try and break some of the stress of the moment – maybe bring a smile to our Teacher’s faces – and we believe we can do so with a gift.

Right now we are manufacturing thousands of our Bright Day mini Block Builder Puzzles – it’s a fun and engaging toy with over 62 mini blocks that anyone can use to build whatever they can imagine. We hope this will bring relaxation and hopefully a smile to our Teachers,” she says.

To claim a Bright Day mini Block Builder Puzzle certified Teachers simply visit the Bright Day Big Blocks website http://www.brightdaybigblocks.com/contact, provide school name, mailing information, and the mini Block Builder Puzzle will be shipped.” Laurel Tucker continues, “we expect to have 5000 mini Block Builder Puzzles in our office next week – we would love for Teachers from every corner of the USA to have a chance to relax and create – this offer is good until every last one of those Puzzles has found a home.”

“Teachers – we love you – please accept our gift of creativity,” says Laurel Tucker.

We Are Bringing Back Our Gift of Play Program!

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A message from Laurel Tucker, Co-Founder, Bright Day Big Blocks …..

The time is right to bring back our beloved Gift Of Play program we are here to help!

Over the last three weeks, we have been in touch with Educators about the closing of schools. Many have told us the “doors might be closed to the children, parents, and the community, but schools in many ways must operate as though they are open for business.” School Administrators have told us our block products are on their list of new items to purchase before the end of the school year. They are looking for the best play and learn big block experience for their kids – and the best price for their budgeted dollars.

Good news Educators – welcome back our Bright Day Big Blocks Gift Of Play program!

Gift of Play is a Bright Day Big Blocks program that rewards advocates of play-based learning. We encourage these organizations to be in touch, make us a reasonable offer for our blocks, and they could be theirs. We do everything we can to offer our blocks at the BEST prices of the year, at our cost. We help organizations fulfill their big-block building dreams for their children.

Co-Founder, Laurel Tucker says – “with conditions the way they are we feel we can help right now – our community of schools and children’s play centers have told us our Bright Day Blocks bring great joy. Bright Day Big Blocks is most interested in helping children learn and grow through play – and less interested in profits – if we help our community everything works out for the best,” she continues.

How can you and your organization participate in Gift Of Play? Contact Laurel Tucker, Co-Founder of Bright Day Big Blocks at laurel@brightdaybigblocks.comPlease provide your name, organization, address, phone number, and email – this will begin the process.  This Gift Of Play program begins March 23rd and continues through May 31, 2020 our springtime offer includes ALL of our products – Big, Medium and Small blocks – in single color and multi-color forms.

Laurel Tucker continues by saying “this past fall of 2019 our Gift Of Play program helped hundreds of organizations and thousands of children play and learn with Bright Day Big Blocks. Through BEST pricing we provided communities access to products that otherwise might not have been affordable. Today if there is an organization out there that has Bright Day Big Blocks on their TO DO list we are going TO DO OUR PART to help.”

Please Accept Our GIFT OF PLAY!

Laurel

Bright Day Foundation Producing Film Documentary to Help Reinvent Preschool Education

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It is 9:00 pm on Friday, January 24th and the production crew has wrapped up the final day of filming at Brooklyn Children’s Museum in New York City. This completes phase one – three months of filming, two cities and three locations. Although exhausted, the production crew is pleased with their work and they have two months before traveling overseas for more.

This film documentary project began in 2005, when Bright Day was formed, and crystallized shortly thereafter when David Krishock, Co-Founder of Bright Day began researching the where and why of better educated youngsters around the globe. At that point Mr. Krishock, a serious advocate of play based learning, decided his story had to be told in order to expedite a revolution in preschool education, a reinvention using the principles of play based learning as a foundation.

“Sorry if this sounds like an alarm bell ringing, but it is, the time is now, educators and parents are key in fueling a broad scale reinvention of early childhood development. Play based learning is quite possibly the best way for a young mind and body to grow,” states Krishock. “Our children are far too important to be relegated to an antiquated baby-sitter system. Play is the way forward,” he continues.

Bright Day began studying play based learning years ago, and began piecing together their global film project partners to assist in telling this story. These play to learn believers and innovators are located in some of the worlds top countries – partners practicing in Denmark, Japan, South Korea, England, and the United States. In the USA, where filming just wrapped, the project partners include Columbia University Teachers College, and their Hollingworth Preschool, The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Bay Area Discovery Museum’s, The Discovery School, outside San Francisco.

These organizations practice the principles of play based learning – which includes a child focused, child directed approach, employing theme and project based learning. Using themes chosen by children holds their interest and ongoing engagement, allowing for a natural learning process. In employing these methods there are valuable benefits for children including – enhancing communication and collaboration, improving self-expression and creativity, generating curiosity, employing experimentation, questioning and problem solving, building of self-esteem and confidence. The cognitive development resulting from play based learning helps children acquire a better conceptual understanding of math, science, reading, writing, and use of technology, better preparing them for elementary school.

From New York this film crew travels to Asia this spring to work with film project partners in Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea. This summer the crew heads to Europe, working with two partners in England and Denmark. “Without the support of our partners, without their knowledge and practice of play based learning, we would not have proof that play works best for developing young minds and bodies,” says Krishock.

The filming of this documentary will be complete in 2020, and ready for global distribution in 2021. “The sooner we can share our message, and highly engage educators and parents, the sooner we can unite our efforts to reinvent and improve. Bright Day is wholly committed to changing the system of preschool education globally – one preschool at a time,” says Krishock

In addition to Bright Day Foundation producing its film documentary, it is completing work on its play based preschool curriculum to be launched in 2020. Also, the Bright Day Big Block cooperative http://www.brightdaybigblocks.com is launching several new learn while you play block products this year. “Our film documentary creates awareness, while our curriculum and blocks create practice – its is our goal to provide play solutions for educators, parents and children from all directions,” says Krishock.

But, on this evening, late in January – the production crew is ecstatic over successfully capturing on film hundreds of joyful children at play – and resting up for the international phase of the documentary that promises to change the world – one preschool at a time.

About Bright Day Foundation
Bright Day Foundation is a not for profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to help educators and parents better understand the importance of play in the development of preschool children. The Foundation accomplishes its goal by creating, producing and distributing instructional content for adults, as well as fun, learning based tools for children. Founded in 2005, the Foundation has helped millions of children build stronger minds and bodies, enabling their positive contribution to our society.

To learn more about Bright Day Foundation visit: http://www.brightdayfoundation.org

About Bright Day Big Blocks
Bright Day Big Blocks is a fun, new and unique play system designed to transform children’s minds and bodies through creative, child directed play. Bright Day offers big soft play blocks and builds play space environments that peak a child’s curiosity, unlocks creativity, inspires collaboration, and builds self-esteem and confidence. These blocks encourage play that builds cognitive, physical, emotional, and social skills important in the development of all children. Bright Day Big Blocks can be found around the world, in schools, playgrounds, libraries, hospitals, airports, restaurants, hotels and resorts, public parks, camps, and almost anywhere you find children playing.

kids playing with bright day big blocks

Welcome Back Our Beloved Gift of Play Program

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kids playing with bright day big blocksGreetings from Laurel Tucker, Co-founder of Bright Day Big Blocks.

At Bright Day Foundation we love the holiday season – it’s about friends, family, and giving. You have asked us if we will continue the tradition of our beloved GIFT OF PLAY program this year – the answer is YES!

Children Have to Play – And we are always here to help – that’s what GIFT OF PLAY is all about.

You simply call or email me, make a reasonable offer on our BRIGHT DAY BIG BLOCK 120 or 60 piece kit – and it is YOURS – simple as that. KIDS WIN, and that’s what’s most important.

Please connect by calling 818-914-6541 or emailing laurel@brightdaybigblocks.com.

kids playing with bright day big blocks

Our Bright Day Play Goal over the next year is to bring big block play to more than 1 million children, 2 million parents, and 3 million educators. GIFT OF PLAY will help us reach our goal. And, will help you bring the power of play-based learning to your kids. Please accept our GIFT OF PLAY. Offer valid on 120 piece BIG BLOCK KIT and 60 piece BIG BLOCK KIT. The program runs October 25 thru January 5th – offer valid only in USA.

Come Play With Us!

laurel tucker
Laurel Tucker
Co-Founder + Play Advocate!