“It’s a BIG day for Bright Day Big Blocks”, says Laurel Tucker, Chief Executive and creator of the big block play system that helps kids learn as they play. “Today we are happy to announce that our partnership with Scholastic Inc. and Scholastic Book Fairs has begun”, she continues.
Bright Day Big Blocks serves schools and their community by offering block play systems that stimulate a child’s natural curiosity – as well as builds self-expression, creativity, imagination, communication and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment as well as physical attributes like strength, coordination, and dexterity.
Scholastic Book Fairs, for over 30 years, has proudly served schools and their community by bringing books to students through their events, helping create life-long readers and learners in kids, and giving back to the schools by contributing to their fundraising efforts.
How does Scholastic Book Fairs and Bright Day Big Blocks plan to work together? Laurel Tucker explains, “when schools schedule and run a Scholastic Book Fair these schools earn credits that can be used toward product featured in their catalog. For the first time, beginning this spring, Bright Day Big Blocks, and their popular cousin, Bright Day Medium Blocks are featured in the Scholastic Book Fairs catalog.”
Over 100,000 book fair events are run in approximately 75,000 schools each year – Laurel Tucker continues, “this collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs is a great opportunity for our company to speak along with Scholastic directly to the schools that we know most love our Bright Day Big Blocks”. So, schedule a Scholastic Book Fair! Visit their catalog! Enjoying the array of amazing products contained within, and why not order Bright Day Big Blocks? We promise educators, parents and of course the children will love our blocks – a play system that enables super-creative block building, stacking, connecting, rolling like no other – and an opportunity for kids to play and learn!
Bright Day LLC, Bright Day Big Blocks www.brightdaybigblocks.com and the Bright Day Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization www.brightdayfoundation.org – please contact Bright Day at +01-818-914-6541 or email@example.com
Each year, once in the spring and again in the fall Bright Day Big Blocks draws a winner from a barrel filled with thousands of entries in their Submit 2 Win program.
This past month we drew the winner of the fall 2020 program – Ronald McDonald House, San Diego.
Congratulations, at Bright Day Big Blocks we are so proud to be able to support your charitable efforts.
Ronald McDonald House has a mission to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and wellbeing of children. Ronald McDonald House offers strength and hope each and every day to families suffering from their own child’s medical crisis. While a child is hospitalized and being treated Ronald McDonald House offers families nearby lodging, meals, transportation, everything possible to make for a more comfortable and secure situation.
David Krishock, Bright Day Foundation Executive Director said, “Ronald McDonald House, San Diego will receive 3 Bright Day Big Blocks Kits – our newly introduced Builders Space Kit, our Medium Green Blocks Kit, as well as our Big Green Block Kit. This collection of Blocks will enable families there to build, to stack Blocks, connect Blocks, and channel balls through hundreds of Blocks – these Kits will enable families to be together, dream and create, hopefully relax, and have some great family fun”.
Bright Day Big Blocks is currently accepting entries toward its spring 2021 Submit 2 Win program.
Laurel Tucker, Bright Day Big Blocks Chief Executive encourages folks to “visit our website at www.brightdaybigblocks.com – click the Contact link, and fill out the requested information. Once registered you are automatically entered in Submit 2 Win, and you’ll also receive a free mini Block Puzzle, plus more information about our company and the wonders of play-based learning”, she states.
Play Is The Best Way For Kids To Learn and Bright Day Is Telling That Compelling Story.
The Mission …
After years of planning, and months of filming, Bright Day Foundation (and is sister company – Bright Day Big Blocks) is well into the production of their world-changing film documentary project.
The project with the working title, PLAY IS THE WAY! Is described as “the beginning of a radical movement looking to urgently implore engaged parents and educators to reinvent early childhood education,” explains David Krishock, Executive Director, at Bright Day Foundation.
Krishock continues by saying, “the hypothesis is simple – we believe play is the best way for children to learn, it’s a much more natural way for them to engage and absorb knowledge. Play-based learning is totally child-directed, it encourages children’s natural curiosity – to explore, experiment, question and learn. It’s time to dispose of the antiquated baby-sitter model of early learning, to better respect our children, and to provide them the best opportunity to develop cognitively, emotionally, socially, and physically.”
Film Production …
Film production began the fall of 2019 in the USA, San Francisco and New York City specifically. The film crew visited Bay Area Discovery Museum in the west, and in the east, Hollingworth Preschool at Columbia University, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. The children played and the film crew captured hours of evidence of children being curious, creative, using their imaginations, self-expressing, collaborating and communicating, solving problems and making decisions, building strength and dexterity, growing confidence and becoming more self-assured.
Watch Our Film Preview …
Krishock continues further, “Bright Day Foundation has set up a film documentary website:
Here you can view our 5 minute film preview and learn more about this mission critical initiative. PLEASE VISIT, VIEW, AND ENJOY!”
What’s Next …
“The coming of the pandemic slowed the projects filming progress”, says Krishock, “we were originally scheduled to finish all international filming this past summer. Our visits to global play-based learning best practice centers (schools and playgrounds) in Japan, South Korea, England and Denmark have all been rescheduled.”
Additionally, there will be more USA filming in select locations in Austin, Texas and Los Angeles, California – at play centers that have demonstrated mastery of play-based, project based and theme based early childhood education.
Everyone at Bright Day Foundation, all of our Partners In Play (international best practice centers), and our film production company are now ready and set to go and safely restart this project.
Krishock concludes by saying, “our Bright Day Foundation is always happy to communicate more about who we are and what we do – for more information always feel free to reach out to us” – by phone, +1-818-914-6541 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teacher tested, Parent tested, Kids tested – and most important – Teacher, Parent and Kid Approved!
Our community of schools, and family oriented venues depends on Bright Day Big Blocks to innovate, developing imaginative Block products to help engage children in play. Teachers and parents know that play builds curiosity, creativity, collaboration, problem solving, confidence – and more. They know play is a fun and natural way for children to experience the world around them, one of the best ways for kids to grow and learn.
With the onset of the 2020 fall school season Bright Day Big Blocks has created two new and exciting Block products. Both of course engineered with our fun, soft and friendly, certified safe EVA foam.
Each product works with our family of Big Blocks, Medium Blocks, and Small Blocks Kits – to further extend the play value of our line of products.
Our first product is called ANIMALS. Here we created 18 animal figures in Big and Medium sizes. The ANIMALS include:
“Our intention with ANIMALS was to create themes – a Zoo theme, a Ranch theme, and a Farm theme”, says Laurel Tucker, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Bright Day Big Blocks. “The ANIMAL Big size Blocks are kid-sized and the children can sit on them and play with Blocks as big as they are – these are sold 6 to a kit. The Medium size Blocks are big, but more hand sized, sold 40 to a Kit and create a marvelous play environment. Our research and testing shows that children love to create themes and pretend with these ANIMAL Blocks”, she continues.
Our second new product is simply called BRICKS. Bright Day Big Block uses one size brick – 10x5x3 inches – and provides these in a standard Kit of 45 pieces – or, as many as you would like to order. “We speak to teachers and educators just about every single day – and about a quarter of these folks, unprompted, would say to us – hey! you should offer a brickblock – well, okay, we listened and here you go – very exciting”, says Laurel Tucker. She continues by saying, “bricks might seem like a very simple building tool but give a group of children a load of bricks and watch their imaginations soar. We love the way our Bricks combine with our other Block products and truly enhance the children’s play-and-learn experience.”
It’s also good to note that over the last 18 months we have developed dozens of customized, play space environments. Each one of these amazing playgrounds for kids is like developing a new product specifically for that environment. We have created customized builds for Florida, Nebraska and California, and more in the USA – as well as in Japan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong, Belgium, Italy, Greece, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and more worldwide. Laurel Tucker concludes by saying – “anyone that desires a customized product or play space do give us a call – we have a team of designers and engineers that can help make you and your kids building dreams come true”.
Twice Each Year, Spring + Fall, a Big Block Kit is gifted to a School by BRIGHT DAY Big Blocks SUBMIT 2 WIN program. Bright Day gives back to their community via several gifting programs each year. September brings a new, fresh opportunity to enter SUBMIT 2 WIN and win a BRIGHT DAY Big Block Kit – Hooray!
Laurel Tucker, Co-Founder of Bright Day and BRIGHT DAY Big Blocks Chief Executive says “we have some great gifting programs – and SUBMIT 2 Win is certainly a favorite of our community of schools. We encourage all schools and their many representatives to enter and enter often – it’s a random drawing, so the more you enter the better chance you have of winning”, she states.
It’s easy to enter – simply go to our website – www.brightdaybigblocks.com – click Contact, fill out the entry form, and voila, you are entered. Filling out the form not only enters you in SUBMIT 2 WIN but if you are an Educator you will receive in the mail one of our FAMOUS mini Builder Puzzles – Hooray Again!
Laurel Tucker continues – “we also want to congratulate Blackstone Innovation School in Boston, Massachusetts – recipients of this past seasons SUBMIT 2 WIN program. They chose the BRIGHT DAY Big Bright Blocks (pictured above) – it’s 140 pieces of multi-colored fun – promoting theme based building and play. 92 shapes and 14 colors – kids can build whatever they dream”.
Don’t miss out – enter SUBMIT 2 WIN – and collect a super FUN, Play Based Learning tool that with use gets better each day contributing to the creative, social, and emotional development of your children.
And again – Hooray!
The SUBMI 2 WIN program is valid only in the United States. Organizations can enter as often as they like. For our Fall 2020 program all entries must be submitted by Friday, January 15, 2021. This gift includes one Big Block Kit, as well as related shipping charges.
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.
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 MoreFun, 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.
Bright Day Big Blocks serves educators worldwide, working with organizations, like schools and children’s play centers, that help youngsters build their cognitive, physical and social skills. Bright Day offers big foam blocks for play that unlock a creative spirit in younger children – http://www.brightdaybigblocks.com
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.
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 email@example.com. Please 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 oforganizations and thousands of children play and learn with Bright Day Big Blocks. Through BEST pricing we provided communities accessto 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.”
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.
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.