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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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The 2016 US Play Coalition: Midwest Play Conference



Calling all playful professionals, educators, parents, play advocates, and community members! REGISTER TODAY for the inaugural US Play Coalition: Midwest Play Conference, June 25, 2016 at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Designed to inspire, motivate and connect, the day will be filled with opportunities to network and learn about local efforts to promote play throughout the Midwest.

“Play is a vital component to learning and wellness. It affects academic achievement, social and emotional skills, and improves cognitive development,” said Heather Von Bank, conference committee chair of the MIdwest Play Conference and associate professor of Child Development and Family Studies at Minnesota State Mankato.

The keynote address will be presented by the always entertaining and informative Lisa Murphy. Murphy is author of "Lisa Murphy on Play: the Foundation of Children's Learning," founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc® and has been presenting nationally and internationally for nearly a decade. She uses humor and real life anecdotes to reach and engage her often standing-room only audiences.  

Educational breakout sessions will cover a variety of playful topics, such as supporting children’s musical play by creating instruments with recycled material, encouraging big body play and risk taking, or exploring ways to foster complex and imaginative play with simple and inexpensive materials.



The Department of Family Consumer Sciences is part of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Allied Health & Nursing.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

For MSU events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.


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