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Learning Through Play. Peter K. Smith, PhD, Anthony Pellegrini, PhD (2013)

We define play, review the main types of play and their developmental benefits in various areas.

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Play and Learning. Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson, PhD, Niklas Pramling, PhD. (2013)

This article discusses historical and present day notions of play and learning in the context of early childhood education (ECE).

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Young Children’s Play Fighting and Use of War Toys. Jennifer L. Hart, MEd, Michelle T. Tannock, PhD. (2013)

Parents and educators struggle with the appropriateness of young children’s play fighting,1 and interest in war toys (e.g., guns, swords, bombs, light sabers and blasters) in home and school settings. Play fighting with symbolic weapons or war toys is a form of socio-dramatic play predominantly observed amongst boys ages three to six years.

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Play and Cultural Context. Yumi Gosso, PhD, Ana Maria Almeida Carvalho, PhD. (2013)

Human beings are biologically sociocultural. Every human activity is, thus, permeated with and affected by culture, and reciprocally affects culture’s dynamics and historical transformations. Play is no exception. Culture permeates and is affected by children’s play in two major ways: creative assimilation, or interpretive reproduction of meso- and macro-cultural aspects of the social environment (routines, rules, values); and construction of shared meanings and routines that constitute the micro-culture of peer groups.

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Play and Disability. Vickii B. Jenvey, BA, MEd, PhD. (2013)

This article identifies the main groups of disabilities present in early childhood and considers how those disabilities affect children’s development and engagement in play.

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Play’s Potential in Early Literacy Development. James F. Christie, PhD, Kathleen A. Roskos, PhD. (2013)

Play in the preschool years has the potential to provide young children with a highly engaging and meaningful context for learning essential early literacy concepts and skills. The potential exists because theoretically, dramatic play and literacy share higher order, cognitive processes such as imaging, categorizing and problem solving.

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Play Therapy. Cindy Dell Clark, PhD. (2013)

Play therapy draws on the proven therapeutic power of play, using professional therapists as catalysts and support to help children with their troubles through play activity. Play therapy may also be of value beyond the clinical setting, conducted through parents as well as in preschools.

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Play Pedagogy and Playworlds. Sonja Baumer, PhD. (2013)

This paper introduces play pedagogy, a novel approach in early childhood education, and Playworld, an educational practice that is inspired by this approach. Play pedagogy has been developed by Swedish scholar Gunilla Lindqvist and is being currently disseminated in Sweden, Finland, the United States and Japan.

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Risky Play and Children’s Safety: Balancing Priorities for Optimal Child Development. Brussoni, M. et al. (2012)

 Abstract- Injury prevention plays a key role in keeping children safe, but emerging research suggests that imposing too many restrictions on children’s outdoor risky play...

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Childlinks: Children’s Risky Play Barnardo’s (2011)

The concept of risky play may sound at odds with our desire for young children to be nurtured in a safe environment, however...

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Anti-Phobic Effects of Thrilling Experiences. Sandseter, E. (2011)

Abstract- This theoretical article views children’s risky play from an evolutionary perspective, addressing specific evolutionary functions and especially the anti-phobic effects of...

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The dynamics of early childhood spaces: opportunities for outdoor play? Sandseter, E., et al. (2010)

Abstract- This special edition of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Journal has been a collaborative effort by the members of the EECERA Special Interest Group (SIG) Outdoor Play and Learning. 

The group sought to:

● generate critical reflection on outdoor play and learning;
● encourage a clearer articulation and understanding of early childhood education, policy and practice in relation to; outdoor play and learning; support and...

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Play CPD

Identity & Belonging

Health & Well-being

Parents & Families 

Technology

Lang & Literacy

Numeracy Creativity

Executive Functions