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The ‘transitional space’ of imaginary play

I’m still working off Graham Music’s book Nurturing Natures. Music writes: “The psychoanalyst Winnicott argued that what he called the ‘transitional space’ of imaginary play is the basis for all cultural activity, and he stated that ‘Cultural experience begins with … Continue reading

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play and narrative

Stuart Brown explains: “Play’s process of capturing a pretend narrative and combining it with the reality of one’s experience in a playful setting is, at least in childhood, how we develop our major personal understanding of how the world works. … 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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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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Fantasy is the first line of defense against every sort of fear

“Fantasy, of course, is the first line of defense against every sort of fear, and, in fantasy play, the children discover the value of peer support as they dare to put the beanstalk and forest to the test. Gradually their … Continue reading

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Vivian Gussin Paley

I just googled Vivian Gussin Paley quickly (there’s really heaps out there on her and by her). Here is some, though: “None of us are to be found in a set of tasks or lists of attributes; we can be … Continue reading

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Friendship and fantasy – children’s stories and their function in the group

I really love Vivian Gussin Paley’s writing. I hadn’t yet read The Boy Who Would be a Helicopter and am just now enjoying it. In it, Paley describes her storytelling classroom and their re-enactments of those stories – all, of … Continue reading

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“Instead of eliminating the script, make it a focus of classroom discourse”

A decade or so ago, Jane Katch wrote a book reflecting on her difficulties with her class’s use of violence in their fantasy play. I like the honesty of her writing and how she acknowledges the personal reasons behind so many of … Continue reading

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