Looking for the Free to Play Summit?

Unfortunately, the Summit is over and we would love to welcome you back next time!

We hosted a 4-Day Guided Virtual Experience With:

  • 16 Deep-Dive Sessions with Leading Experts in the Field
  • 6 Play Labs into the Head, Heart, & Hands of Play
  • Your very own Personalized Playbook to begin implementing new play practices into your classroom immediately 


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Produced by Fairy Dust Teaching

Featuring 16 Experts on the Power of Play

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    Learn the profound power of play on the growth and development of young children.

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    Discover the latest science on the impact of play on school readiness.

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    Understand how play builds the cognitive, emotional, and physical growth of the young child.

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    Deepen your understanding of play and BUILD your own Playbook - a manifesto of play.

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Visit 6 Play Labs and actually play!

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    Are YOU ready to play? An experience awaits! Throughout the Summit, we have Play Labs at the ready for you to explore things like mark making, paint, clay, and so much more.

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    These guided explorations will not only give you the experience with the medium itself, but also ideas to take directly into your classroom.

If you’re ready to experience a Summit like no other, to actually get your hands messy in the play lab, to learn from and be guided by world-class experts, then you’re ready for FREE TO PLAY 2022.

Over 4 days, you’ll listen in on 16 dynamic conversations with our global panel of experts. Not to replicate their approach — but to use their expertise to build your own playbook.


As you build your personal playbook, you’ll identify what will guide your practice, and specifically how that will look in your classroom.


Piece by piece, day by day, we’ll help you borrow new insights and the latest research, then combine them with your own ideas — so you can construct your bespoke playbook for teaching through play, your way.


The Free to Play Summit brings together early childhood educators from around the globe!







Whether you’ve been a practitioner of play for years or you heard about it for the first time yesterday…

We invite you to join us for a rich conversation that is about play-based education – yet even bigger than that.

Because ensuring that children are free to play is about more than doing away with worksheets and plastic toys.

It’s about trust — in children’s innate abilities, and in your own.

We’ll give you the insights and tools to develop that trust on a deeper level than you may have ever imagined. That’s the power of a personalized plan for YOU.

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The Free to Play Summit is for:

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    Educators who are new, experienced, or anywhere in between.

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    Administrators, Consultants & Practitioners who shape our systems.

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    Curious parents and caregivers who want the best for their children.

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    YOU, if you’re ready to do things differently and understand play from the inside out

We created the Free to Play Summit to give you the space, guidance and community you need to shape your approach and own it.

This also means learning how to speak to the power of play with parents, directors, administration, and also your own colleagues — even when it feels scary or imperfect.

Free to Play 2022 features incredible speakers who are leading essential conversations around the importance and developmental necessity of play in our practices. They will leave YOU empowered and with tools to lead these conversations in your own communities.


About Sally Haughey & Fairy Dust Teaching

Sally Haughey is the founder and CEO of Fairy Dust Teaching. Fairy Dust started in 2010 as a space for an early childhood educator (Sally) to blog out her thoughts and ideas. She was in a highly academic setting and still wanted to bring in the wonder to her classroom.

From there it expanded and grew. Fairy Dust Teaching has cultivated a community from over 101 countries. Sally has authored several books, including The Wonder Art Workshop and Through the Child’s Eyes.

She has been producing dynamic Play conferences/summits since 2014, has offered hundreds of PD hours through online professional development courses, the Wunder-Led certification program, and the Wonder League membership program.

If you care deeply about children’s right to play, we are so glad you found us. We’re here to help you prioritize what matters most: your connection with your students, and making sure you both have the space and the freedom to explore the world through play and do it your way.

"This has been not one of the best, but rather THE ABSOLUTE BEST summit I have been a part of in my thirty-plus years as an early childhood educator! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Sally is great and the speakers were as well. I learned so much. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"

–Vicki C.

"It was a week of inspirational and motivating ideas and methods of helping our young curious, adventurous, and experimenting minds. Enthralling information on risk play, puppet play, nature play, and inclusive education. Thanks to all the presenters and Sally for coming up and sharing great information for people involved in children's development."

–Amla N.

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