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Play is like fertilizer for brain growth

Stuart Brown states: “While it is an admirable (and even necessary) goal to make sure that all children attain a certain minimal level of education, the result has often been a system in which students are provided a rote, skills-and-drills … 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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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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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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Play is essential

“Play is seen as a broad category of behavior, as basic in its phenomenology to smart complex animals as sleep and dreams, and as scientifically enigmatic. Its healthy presence seems necessary for the maintenance of flexibility and adaptability.” (p.243) “The … Continue reading

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Rough and Tumble Play: gender, age, and socialisation

In her discussion of the learning and development that takes place through rough and tumble play, Pam Jarvis writes: “R&T [Rough and tumble play] consists of physically active behaviours (e.g., running, chasing, jumping, play fighting) that create positive emotional engagement … Continue reading

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