Do you find time for free exploration and purposeful play in your kindergarten day because you value it, and know your students do, too? Open-ended play centers, or "exploration stations" that include dramatic play, blocks, art, playdough, puzzles, and more present AWESOME opportunities for your students to engage in problem solving and critical thinking. These activities really DO meet standards, but which ones? And how do you prove that to parents, administrators, and other teachers who may not think these activities are still worthwhile? Do you wish you had standards for your play-based activities, ready to display on your wall or bulletin board? Well, here they are! Print them, post them in your classroom, and display photos of your students engaged in the various activities. Enjoy!