College and University Programs

The Strong offers opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to learn about the power and importance of play in the lives of children and adults. Programs are offered at the museum or at your institution in a variety of subject areas, including education, psychology, and museum studies. Museum educators can also create custom programs to uniquely suit your educational needs.

The Reggio Emilia Approach in Action

Discover how The Strong’s Woodbury School implements the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.

Learning Through Play

Explore teaching and learning through play in four areas of child development—social, emotional, cognitive, and physical.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Meet with a museum professional to learn more about the museum's world-renowned collection of toys, games, dolls, electronic games, and other items related to play; design and fabrication; and The Strong's unparalleled play-related library and archive materials.

Field Study

College groups may explore the museum independently to focus on areas of interest such as the connections between play and learning, how children engaged in different types of play, how play is represented in our cultural history, and more. Groups may also add a Field Study Guide to a Field Study to make the visit even more robust.

Field Study Guides

Field study guides are designed to help students explore the importance of play on their own. Students use the guides to investigate exhibits throughout the museum, make observations, and discuss their findings with peers.

Field Study Guides are available on the following topics:

  • Child Development through Play
  • Play and Gender Roles
  • Why Do Children Play? (Birth to Age 6)
  • Playing to Learn Literacy
  • Playing to Learn Numeracy

College and university programs include museum admission; groups are encouraged to stay and explore the museum before or after the program. Call 585-263-2700 to plan your visit.

Reservation policy

Groups must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance of the visit. To learn more, call 585-263-2700.

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