The importance of play

The importance of play

The importance of play

Date posted: August 9, 2013

New in the library!

I Love When We Play (DVD)
Director: Leah Tremain, Executive Producer: Elizabeth Pennell.
Campbell River, BC : Tremain Media, 2013.

This 23 minute video teaches parents how best to encourage and support play-based learning. As we know, free-play is crucial for healthy childhood development and play helps children succeed and thrive throughout life. Parents of children from birth to age eight will learn why play based activities are taking place in the classroom and learn how to support and encourage play in the home.

The library also has books on the importance of play for children, including:

Children’s play: the roots of reading.
Edited by Edward F. Zigler, Dorothy G. Singer, Sandra J. Bishop-Josef.
Washington, DC: Zero to Three Press, 2004.
The articles in this book demonstrate the importance of play in helping children learn basic literacy skills, social awareness, and creative problem solving. It includes a summary of the developmental benefits of play, examples of research applied in practice, a multicultural perspective on play, and ideas for how to play imaginative games with children.

Einstein never used flash cards: how our children really learn – and why they need to play more and memorize less.

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff with Diane Eyer. Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale, 2003.
Written for parents and educators, this book looks at how young children develop and learn. It explains how a love of learning can be nurtured through play.

Playing to learn: the role of play in the early years.
Sandra Smidt. London: Routledge, 2011.
This book explains why play is important to child development and learning. “Using case studies drawn from all over the world, Smidt challenges some of the prevailing myths relating to play and pays close attention to what early years professionals need to do to interpret the play, understand its purpose for the child and sometimes extend it.” – back cover

Play = learning: how play motivates and enhances children’s cognitive and social-emotional growth.
Dorothy G. Singer, Robert Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, editors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Top experts in child development and learning discuss the long-effect terms of play for children’s development. Using various methods and studying a range of populations, they demonstrate the powerful role of play in the intellectual, social, and emotion spheres.

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