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Learning and Play

In the wild, young animals play to practice and develop skills that will aid them their entire lives. Human children gain many of the same benefits from playing. When children play, they exercise their imagination, problem-solving skills, and many other important mental faculties. Read on to learn more about what types of games and activities could help your child learn to think in new ways.

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    The Nature of Children's Play

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    Recess in Elementary School

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    Play and Physical and Emotional Development

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    Is Ballet Right for Your Child?

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    Toys and Materials for Preschool Play

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    Language Play and Language Development

    There is a strong relationship between language and make-believe play. Both language and symbolic play involve the...

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    Organized Games

    In the following scenario, think about triplets playing games at different ages. Rosa, Dolly, and Norman are now fourth...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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    Can Inventiveness Be Taught?

    Is inventiveness an inborn trait, or the result of a particular kind of parenting? How kids play helps determine the way...

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    Play: It’s the Way Young Children Learn

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    Preschool Science: Learning at the Playground!

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