Allie Bishop Pasquier

I wrote a blog post about the deep learning that happens during the process of play in the context of the Play Lab after school program.

"When we play, the deep learning comes from the PROCESS - the wandering of our minds, the problems we create and the solutions we imagine. It can be challenging to engage kids in the process of play because so many of the things we interact with everyday are about the product - the "finished thing". There was no anxiety here about finishing, or being right, or taking something home. This is what we hope for when we offer children interesting materials: that they will explore and experiment and tinker. There is a sense of ownership that comes from engaging in the process rather than a focus on a product that might just be identical to the product of everyone else in the room."

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I am working on a few different projects, pulling my energy in a few different directions. I invite you to follow along!

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Play Lab curates interactive, hands-on, open-ended play experiences for 0-8 year olds and their families. Right now, I am focused on the growth of our after school enrichment program, which serves K-2 students in local elementary schools in Bellingham, Washington. You can sign up for email updates, or follow us on Instagram.

I also continue to offer workshops in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Send an email to allie at to connect with me.

I’m thrilled to have my first article in print, written + photographed by myself for Ottiya Magazine.