BigToys and InvestiGator Club® announce Winner of Contest

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Creative Options Centers for Early Education in Aurora, Colorado selected as Grand Prize winner of new play and learning equipment and curricula!

...development of children is paramount-and most of that happens through their play

Committed to promoting creativity, imagination, and learning through play, BigToys, a PlayCore company and Investigator Club are pleased to announce the winner of the Help Bring Learning Outdoors contest. Judith Ham, President and CEO of Creative Options Centers for Early Education in Aurora, Colorado, submitted the winning essay from a field of over 200 entrants. Her short essay was very persuasive in convincing the judging panel to award the grand prize to her center.

“I am so thrilled that our early childhood centers have been selected to receive this fantastic play equipment and curricula. As the Head Start/Early Head Start provider for Aurora, we serve over 650 children each year - 98% of which come from low income households” stated Judith. “We know that social/emotional development of children is paramount – and most of that happens through their play.”

The grand prize winner’s submission was reviewed and selected by a panel of early childhood experts based on how their early childhood centers/organizations planned on implementing the new equipment and curricula to benefit their early childhood program. Creative Options Centers for Early Education will receive 5 Investigation Stations and a customized sign for their outdoor play environment, a full InvestiGator Club Inquiry-Based Learning System, and the new Outdoor Creative Play and Learning curriculum with standards-based playground activities.

Additionally, ten finalists were selected to receive the Preschool Outdoor Creative Play and Learning folder of playground activities to stimulate creativity, imagination, and learning outdoors and one set of 7 Dilly and Friends® Lapbooks that introduce children to the Investigator Club characters, promote literacy, and address social-emotional skills such as cooperation, sharing, identifying emotions, and overcoming fears.

All entrants also received a special promotion coupon for 15% off future early childhood purchases from BigToys and Investigator Club.

About BigToys
For more than 40 years, BigToys has been dedicated to designing commercial playgrounds that foster imagination, preserve the environment, and build strong communities. Our commitment to these values has made us an industry leader in providing developmentally appropriate and engaging play experiences for kids around the world. Learn more at

About InvestiGator Club
The InvestiGator Club® is a culturally rich, fully integrated preschool curriculum that focuses on ten critical domains of learning. The program uses engaging stories, charming characters, and the innate curiosity of youth to motivate children to think, solve problems, communicate, and investigate their world. InvestiGator Club products have received numerous awards, including the Teacher's Choice Award and Creative Child Magazine's Kids Product of the Year, Preferred Choice Award, and Seal of Excellence. In 2014, the curriculum was presented with the prestigious AAP REVERE Golden Lamp Award. For more information, contact customerservice(at)robert-leslie(dot)com or visit the website at

About PlayCore
PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, programs, and partnerships. We infuse this learning into our complete family of brands. We combine best in class planning and education programs with the most comprehensive array of recreation products available to create solutions that match the unique needs of each community we serve. To learn more, log on to

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