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Behavior and self-image

“The behavior of human beings is firmly based on the self-image they have made for themselves. Accordingly, if one wishes to change one’s behavior, it will be necessary to change this image. What is a self-image? I wouild argue that … Continue reading

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The biological importance of play

“…play is a tremendously powerful force throughout nature. In the end, it is largely responsible for our existence as sentient, intelligent creatures.” ~ Stuart Brown (p.24) Explaining the importance of play, Stuart Brown describes play as “a force that has been … Continue reading

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Peter Gray on free play vs resume building in childhood

Peter Gray writes: “Children are designed, by nature, to play and explore on their own, independently of adults. They need freedom in order to develop; without it they suffer. The drive to play freely is a basic, biological drive. Lack … Continue reading

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Outdoor play

Ruth Wilson asserts that “While creative play can and does occur in almost any environment, recent research indicates that natural outdoor spaces have a special quality that promotes the frequency, duration, and quality of creative play (Bilton 2010a, Elliot 2008, … Continue reading

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Another quote on the value of play

“Play – it’s natural for young children. We see children engaging in play almost from the moment of birth. They play with their hands; they play with sounds; and they play with almost anything anywhere. Animals and adult humans engage … Continue reading

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The germinal leaves of later life

“A child that plays thoroughly, with self active determination …will surely be a determined man … play at this time is not trivial, it is highly serious and of deep significance… the plays of childhood are the germinal leaves of … Continue reading

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More notes on play

Again, some more quotes from Vivian Gussin Paley on the importance of play: “The children themselves continually reminded us that play was still their most usable context.  It was not the monsters they invented that frightened them in kindergarten; it … Continue reading

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All kinds of play are essential for learning and development

“…the historic stigma of play being regarded as frivolous still looms in the minds of a fraction of parents and educators. It is the experience of many educators who have really worked with children that they apparently respond more effectively … Continue reading

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explaining play

I mentioned this book already (Animal Play; Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives, Eds Marc Bekoff and John A Byers (1998)) – but again, it’s great, and reading a different essay, I still really like how this book looks at play. I particularly … Continue reading

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play fighting

There is a book,  Animal Play; Evolutionary, Comparative and Ecological Perspectives, (Eds Marc Bekoff and John A Byers (1998)) chock full of interesting essays about the value of play – as it relates to mammalian young. So much of this book … Continue reading

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