Early Learning Hives = Learning Through Play

Early Learning Hives are designated spaces for children from birth through age 6 to develop skills through play.

Toddler playing
Small boy with wooden train set

Play is:

  • Creative
  • Spontaneous
  • Unstructured/no end goals
  • Active
  • Chosen by the child
  • Fun and enjoyable

Play is one of the best ways for children to learn language and literacy skills. Play activities help children put thoughts into words and talk about what they are doing. Children develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain confidence during play.

Girl dressed as doctor putting wristband on other girl
Three small children at Lego table

Games, puzzles, and toys help develop:

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Early literacy
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity
  • Concentration

Adults play an important role in early education. These spaces include activities for children and adults to enjoy together.

Father and son building with large foam blocks

These Early Learning Hives are made possible through the generous support of the Unnasch family, the Friedman family, the Kazor family, and the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc.