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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    Observation Guidelines: Observing Young Children's Play Activities

    Exploratory Play with Objects Look For: Interest in exploring objects in the environment Ability to manipulate...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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    Purposes of Play

    Play Fosters Physical Development Play fulfills a wide variety of purposes in the life of the child. On a very simple...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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    Preschool Science: Learning at the Park!

    Integrating science into familiar settings can bring the magic of science to life. Here are some fun ways to introduce...

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    Should Sports Be Required?

    The British Government recently launched a campaign to give every child the chance to participate in five hours of...

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    How to Play with Your One-Year-Old

    The primary way that young children develop their brains and bodies is through interacting with the world around them....

  • 46.

    General Characteristics of the Adolescent

    We now turn to an examination of some general characteristics of the period of adolescence, again referring to needs in...

    Source: Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall
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    Recess in Elementary School

    Pellegrini and Smith (1993) define recess as "a break period, typically outdoors, for children" (p. 51). Compared to the...

    Source: Educational Resource Information Center (U.S. Department of Education)
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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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    The Lost Art of Play

    Introduction Your child comes home and is full of energy. Homework needs to be done, you have work to do, the laundry...

    Source: National Association of Social Workers
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    Are Corporations Abducting Your Child's Imagination?

    The world of make believe: it's one of the most coveted elements of childhood. But is it being eroded by toy companies...