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Discover the Benefits of This FREE Event

Watch the video below to discover how this FREE event will help you to effortlessly introduce a range of play materials into your classroom so they support the learning outcomes without shortchanging you in time or energy.

There’s a lot more to successful play-based learning than grabbing paint, brushes and sheets of paper, and letting the children run wild.

But you already know that, right?

Right now, you’re carefully selecting materials that are open-ended and can be used in multiple ways to spark imagination. You are striving for play-based learning! And you have the best intentions.

But…let’s face it. It can get expensive providing an all-you-can-eat buffet of play materials for the children. Plus, the more choices you bring, the more possible chaos in clean up. And you still need the right strategies to help the kids get the most out of each activity!

Right Now

Right now you…

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    Spend hours picking up after the children

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    Are running out of ideas and resort to the same activities

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    Struggle to scratch the surface the materials you offer

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    Engage your children for 5 minutes before they’re off to the next thing

You dream of finding a way to provide a wide variety of play materials without breaking your pocket book and using your free time for clean up.

How would it feel to….

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    Have a comprehensive, hands-on approach to over 15 materials

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    Know how to introduce a new material with ease and intention

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    Know where to get the best price on materials

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    Know the developmental benefits of each material

This is exactly what you’ll experience at the Power of Play Materials Summit!


Meet Your Host

Hi, I’m Sally!

I started my teaching journey in 1996 and taught for over 20 years. In 2010, I started Fairy Dust Teaching with a passion for the wonder and magic of early childhood. I believe young children have the right to play, to be collaborators in learning and to dream. Since then, Fairy Dust Teaching has become a global platform serving 120 countries worldwide. My teaching philosophy has let me travel the globe, sharing my knowledge and experience with teachers in Vietnam, Canada, Holland, the United States, the Philippines and more. My literary works include The Wonder Art Workshop (publ. 2019) and Through A Child’s Eyes, co-authored with Sandra Duncan and Jodie Martin.

Grab your ticket and join me and 15 play experts for a one-of-a-kind event that will help you engage young children in the power of play in a way that feels natural.

I can’t wait to see you there!

What to Expect at the Power of Play Materials Summit:

When and Where

The Power of Materials Summit will run from October 21-23, with five presentations to choose from each day. This event is entirely virtual, so you’ll be able to attend from anywhere in the world with internet access.

Expert Sessions

Attend presentations from our lineup of 15 speakers with training on paint, felting, gardening, fabric, cooking and more!. Your free ticket includes 24-hour access to each presentation during the week of the summit.

Private Summit Community

You’ll also have access to our private Facebook community where play-based early childhood educators like you who are already hanging out and exploring new ways to engage children through materials! This is where you’ll be able to connect with the speakers and other attendees before and during the event!

Upgrade for a VIP Experience!

After registering, you’ll also have the chance to upgrade to the All Access Pass which includes lifetime access to the presentations after the summit wraps up, bonuses, and more! You’ll get all the details (and a special offer) after grabbing your free ticket!

Learn how to engage, support and elevate your children’s development with the power of materials from 15+ top early years education experts.

You don’t need another summit of talking heads sharing a bunch of theories about play without practical tips on how to apply them.

Good news! That is NOT what you’re going to find at this event.

The Power of Play Materials Summit was specifically created for play-based early childhood educators like you.

Instead of covering irrelevant theories about play, this summit is about giving you the exact steps to providing a dynamic play-based learning environment that works for you AND the children. Each session will cover:

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    Where to source the featured material at the lowest price (or even FREE)

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    How to engage children in the material (and keep them engaged)

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    How to empower children to care for and clean up the material

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    The best introductory invitations to offer.

“One of the best I have ever been a part of!”

"What a wealth of knowledge was shared over just 4 short days. Thanks to each of you for making this one of the best I have ever been a part of!"


“I am reminded of the importance of what I do.”

"I am reminded that what I do and the way I do it is so important. The research is out there and supports it. We must keep doing the good work for the sake of our children and our families."


“Highlights what is so often undervalued and forgotten.”

"Thank you, thank you, thank you many times over for the passion, inspiration and support in teaching from the heart with all the right knowledge in our back pockets! Thank you for highlighting what is so often undervalued and forgotten in a sector that should first and foremost be about connection, nurture and love for our tamariki (children). Thank you, Sally, and thank you to the amazing team behind the scenes for making this possible and free/ affordable for all! Again, thank you, from my heart to yours."


“One of the best advocates for children and play.”

“Sally you have created a wonderful forum for all of us who deeply care about children. The Free to Play Summit is a fantastic summit, which I look forward to every year. Your passion and enthusiasm for early childhood is making a difference. A wonderful person, with a great team. One of the best advocates for children and play. Long may the Free to Play Summit and Fairy Dust Teaching continue.”


“Amazing takeaways from excellent speakers!”

“Thank you! My first summit here and certainly not the last! Amazing take aways for me. The amount of excellent and appealing-to-me speakers during those 4 days was extremely high! You have created quite something here. Again: thank you.“


“Mind-bogglingly inspiring, with incredible speakers.”

“I have quite literally never seen or experienced anything like this summit. The work and care and thought and love you all put into every single detail is mind bogglingly inspiring. The speakers were absolutely incredible. Thank you thank you thank you!!”


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