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Play

Play is crucial in a child’s growth and development. Play is how a child makes sense of the world and their place within it.

“Play is the highest form of research” Albert Einstein

Play provides the context to build and extend on knowledge, understanding and skills such as problem solving, sharing, independence, creativity, interact with others, use their imagination and on and on. Children learn through play by watching, listening and doing.

 

Why it is important for children to play

Why it is important for children to play

Play reflects what a child already knows, has observed and can do. Play provides the context to build and extend on knowledge, skills and understanding in a way that will only make sense to them as they make sense of the world. Play is the ...
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Pretend Play

Pretend Play

Pretend play is often also referred to as symbolic play, imaginative play, dramatic play, fantasy, socio-dramatic or good old fashioned make-believe. “Pretend play serves many purposes and helps to push the boundaries of play” The ...
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Stages of play

Stages of play

As children develop, their play evolves too. Children pass through these stages as they grow, becoming capable of more interactive play as they develop. There are several types of play that children will progress through during their ...
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Adult role in play

Adult role in play

Understanding our role as the adult in child’s play is critical in promoting play and embracing the development and learning. Our role in child’s play is important. We can build a positive relationship with a child. We can extend a ...
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How play promotes development-Learning through play

How play promotes development-Learning through play

Play is the essence of a child’s world. The world for a child is full of adventure and discovery and play facilitates a child to explore their world. Children’s continued play supports all aspects of their development. Play is a child’s first ...
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When is it no longer play

When is it no longer play

The benefits of play are lessened when a child no longer considers it as play. This occurs when an activity stops being an enjoyable activity and the play is no longer a child led activity. The importance of a child having ownership of their ...
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