International Day of Play — the first official day honoring the benefits of play — is today, and Learning Resources wants parents to celebrate by becoming a Playfluencer.

The company encourages parents to join its mission to inspire a love of learning and to “playfluence” your kid’s holistic development as part of the Playfluence Movement, which is designed to educate, empower, and inspire families to play with a purpose. According to a recent OnePoll survey, parents need the most help teaching their kids developmentally appropriate skills. It also showcased that 90% of parents attempt to teach life skills during playtime.

Learning Resources’ new Playfluencer Ambassador will provide tips and tricks to help parents keep their kids entertained. | Source: Learning Resources

Through the movement, Learning Resources is partnering with educators and parents to model the role of a Playfluencer and highlight how to teach kids important skills through purposeful, joyful play. On June 21, a celebrity dad will join the Playfluencer Movement as a Playfluencer Ambassador to discuss the benefits of play, plus provide tricks, tips, and advice to keep kids engaged and entertained this summer.

Learning Resources has a large range of toys that combine entertaining play patterns with important life skills, such as the Big Feelings Pineapple (which helps with social-emotional learning) and Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog (which refines fine motor skills). As a Playfluencer, parents can nurture a kid’s learning and development through the power of play. You can find more tips, toys, and special partners under #playfluencer on social media.

Parents can learn more about International Day of Play at


The deluxe version of the Big Feelings Pineapple comes with 41 interchangeable pieces, including mouths, eyes, eyebrows, and hands. Kids can switch the pineapple’s expressions as they build preschool-level social-emotional learning skills.

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $19.99
  • Age:
  • 3+


Kids can learn colors, numbers, and strengthen their fine motor skills with a cute hedgehog friend! The numbered holes will teach kids how to count and sort while the quills help them learn how to grip and place. The quills can be easily stored inside Spike.

Product Facts

  • MSRP:
  • $15.99

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Samantha Connell

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