Everyday you can find the students at Na Pua Keiki engaged in Big Body play. Why? Because it is a large support for children’s developing skills in all domains of development, especially social-emotional and linguistic thinking. Through practice with active play, children gain an understanding of themselves in space, learn how to manage and control their own bodies based on how their bodies can impact that of another, explore verbal and nonverbal communication, and practice turn taking. As a result, more opportunities for active play lead to more opportunities of quiet, focused engagement, as children expel energy during their Big Body Play periods and are better able to attend to cognitive tasks.