Category: Play

Play And Its Role In The Mental Development Of The Child

Despite his premature death at the age of just 37, Lev Vygotsky is widely considered as one of the leading developmental psychologists of the 20th century. In addition to his seminal contribution to the relationship between language and thought, Lev Vygotsky also put forward ideas regarding the psychology of play, in particular the process of self-regulation through creative play.

This classic article which was orginally given in the form of a speech provides several key insights into Lev Vygotsky’s theories of play.

No Fear

“No Fear” joins the increasingly vigorous debate about the role and nature of childhood in the UK. Over the past 30 years activities that previous generations of children enjoyed without a second thought have been relabelled as troubling or dangerous, and the adults who permit them branded as irresponsible. “No Fear” argues that childhood is being undermined by the growth of risk aversion and its intrusion into every aspect of children’s lives. This restricts children’s play, limits their freedom of movement, corrodes their relationships with adults and constrains their exploration of physical, social and virtual worlds.Focusing on the crucial years of childhood between the ages of 5 and 11 – from the start of statutory schooling to the onset of adolescence – “No Fear” examines some of the key issues with regard to children’s safety: playground design and legislation, antisocial behaviour, bullying, child protection, the fear of strangers and online risks. It offers insights into the roles of parents, teachers, carers, the media, safety agencies and the Government and exposes the contradictions inherent in current attitudes and policies, revealing how risk-averse behaviour ironically can damage and endanger children’s lives. In conclusion, “No Fear” advocates a philosophy of resilience that will help counter risk aversion and strike a better balance between protecting children from genuine threats and giving them rich, challenging opportunities through which to learn and grow.

I’M Ok! Building Resilience Through Physical Play

Children must learn to pick themselves up, brush themselves off, and bounce back. How do you allow for the physicality required to build resilience why you are tasked with children’s safety? This guide provides the tools and strategies for creating a culture of resilience, including families in the process, and keeping safety front-of-mind.

Evolutionary Playwork

Author Bob Hughes Description Play is a crucial component in the development of all children. In this fully updated and revised edition of his classic

The Art of Roughhousing

Author Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen Description Everywhere you look, physical play—what some might call “roughhousing”—is being marginalized. Gym classes are getting shorter.

The Ambiguity of Play

Author Brian Sutton-Smith Description Every child knows what it means to play, but the rest of us can merely speculate. Is it a kind of

Building Structures with Young Children

Author Ingrid Chalufour Description From playground equipment to skyscrapers, structures are everywhere. The second unit in the Young Scientist series, Building Structures with Young Children

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