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When children have agency in their play

“When children have agency in their play, they learn to have agency in their lives.” ~ Cas Holman Just reading a particularly interesting article, ‘The Case For Letting Kids Design Their Own Play’ – by Cas Holman  http://www.fastcodesign.com/3048508/the-case-for-letting-kids-design-their-own-play She writes: … Continue reading

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Play – Music

“Feeling secure and at ease allows the possibility of play, and play itself can facilitate development.” ~ Graham Music (p.125) Explaining the concept of play as it relates to our (current) understanding of child development, Graham Music writes: “Play is … Continue reading

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earlier theories of play

Again, still working with some historic publications… Brian Sutton-Smith once gave an overview of the history of play theories. To quote some of the bits I found interesting, he wrote: “The earlier nineteenth-century theories of play – those of surplus … Continue reading

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free play advice from 75 years ago

“Our adult world owes children many apologies, but one it owes more than any other. The special apology for having intruded on their play.” ~ Katherine Glover and Evelyn Dewer In a book first published in 1939, Lillian de Lissa … Continue reading

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The principal task of childhood

According to Robert Sylwester, “The principal task of childhood is to discover how the world works. The world of 21st-century children is far more complex than that of their forebears: It now encompasses parallel natural and electronic environments and the … Continue reading

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Play shows us our common humanity

“Play shows us our common humanity. It shows us how we can be free within the societal structures that allow us to live with others. It is the genesis of innovation, and allows us to deal with an ever-changing world. … Continue reading

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Motion is perhaps the most basic form of play

“Motion is perhaps the most basic form of play. We are designed to start moving when we are in the womb. When a grinning and gleeful infant pulls himself up on his feet you can see in his face the … Continue reading

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A lack of play should be treated like malnutrition

“A lack of play should be treated like malnutrition – it’s a health risk to your body and mind. Be aware of play killers. Part of nourishing your play is putting yourself in an environment that supports and promotes that … Continue reading

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Playing within

“All evidence indicates that the greatest rewards of play come when it arises naturally from within. When play arises out of innate motivations it is also likely timed to occur when we are primed for the most synaptic growth.” (p.104) … Continue reading

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Play is like oxygen

“When we lack that feeling of lightness in what we do it should be taken as a warning sign. It should be as alarming as chest pain or shortness of breath when we climb stairs, a high blood sugar reading, … Continue reading

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