Learning Through Play

  title={Learning Through Play},
  author={Peter K. Smith and Anthony D. Pellegrini},
Subject: What is Play? Play is often defined as activity done for its own sake, characterized by means rather than ends (the process is more important than any end point or goal), flexibility (objects are put in new combinations or roles are acted out in new ways), and positive affect (children often smile, laugh, and say they enjoy it). These criteria contrast play with exploration (focused investigation as a child gets more familiar with a new toy or environment, that may then lead into play… 
VOICES FROM THE FIELD Learning Through Play: A View from the Field
Young children are spending more time in early learning and child care environments at an earlier age, with the result that play is becoming “institutionalized.” As early childhood professionals
Towards a Comprehensive View of Object-Oriented Play
The exploration and/or manipulation of objects and materials, referred to as object-oriented play (OOP), is one of the most prominent activities children engage in during early childhood. Especially
Assessment in Game-Based Learning: Foundations, Innovations, and Perspectives
The edited volume will cover the current state of research, methodology, assessment, and technology of game-based learning and will present innovative work in the areas of educational psychology, educational diagnostics, educational technology, and learning sciences.
Rethinking construction in preschool: discerning didactic strategies in Swedish preschool activities
Even though construction tasks have a long history as an activity in the Swedish preschool, technology as a content matter (e.g., construction) is relatively new. Hence, preschool teachers are
Responsive Play: Exploring Play as Reader Response in a First Grade Classroom.
Play in the school setting is a highly contested issue in today’s restrictive academic environment. Although many early childhood educators advocate the use of play in their classrooms and emphasize
Developing Children’s Cultural Identities Through Play
Play is an important vehicle for developing literacy, cognition, and social competence in early years settings. In this paper, a qualitative case study in a private kindergarten in China indicated
The Effect of Game for Understanding on Backhand Tennis Skill Learning and Self-efficacy Improvement in Elementary Students
Abstract The aim of this study was to examine the effect of game for understanding through the “Play and Stay” modification form of practice, on learning the tennis backhand skill by Elementary
Making Magic Soup – The facilitation of play in school-age childcare
This paper explores socially shared knowledge of facilitating play in a learning institution such as a school-age childcare setting (services provided for children outside school hours, often while
Interdisciplinary design of videogames: A highly motivating method of learning.
A game design that allows students to create a serious game based on two tasks: programming and storytelling, which is especially suitable for interdisciplinary collaboration between computer science and disciplines that are not necessarily related with computing.
The Politics of Play: A Sociocultural Analysis of Play in the Context of State Preschool Standards
The past decade has seen an explosion of brain research and early childhood policies resulting in academics as a priority at state-funded preschools. Although strongly supported through a century of


Physical activity play: the nature and function of a neglected aspect of playing.
This review suggests that forms of physical activity play serve primarily immediate developmental functions, with consecutive age peaks: rhythmic stereotypies peaking in infancy, exercise play peaking during the preschool years, and rough-and-tumble playpeaking in middle childhood.
Ten years after: a reexamination of symbolic play and literacy research
The past decade has witnessed a tremendous interest in the ways in which children become literate. An interdisciplinary group of researchers has been posing questions basic to the very nature of
The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Play. First Edition. Oxford Library of Psychology.
Part One: Introduction and Overview 1. Introduction Anthony D. Pellegrini Part Two: Definitions 2. Defining and Recognizing Play Gordon M. Burghardt 3. Cultural Variations in Beliefs about Play,
A Comparison of the Effects of Fantasy Play Tutoring and Skills Tutoring in Nursery Classes
A number of studies have suggested that encouraging fantasy and sociodramatic play in disadvantaged preschool children can have important benefits for social, linguistic and cognitive development.
The Rough Play of Adolescent Boys of Differing Sociometric Status
Two forms of rough-and-tumble play (R&T/Chase and R&T/Rough) were observed in a group of young adolescent boys while they were on the playground during their school recess period. Although little
The Role of Play in Human Development
While the subject of play may seem trivial for behavioral science, E.O. Wilson noted that understanding the significance of play is an important challenge facing scholars in these fields. Play is
The Nature of Play: Great Apes and Humans.
  • D. Galloway
  • Medicine
    Child and adolescent mental health
  • 2007
New data are presented suggesting that play during the juvenile period provides children and juvenile apes with opportunities to develop skills that are or will be important for their respective gender roles as adults, as well as investigating the similarities and differences between great ape and human play behaviors.
Refining the Motor Training Hypothesis for the Evolution of Play
It is proposed that play may not be motor training in the broad sense, but rather it may be behavior designed to influence specific types of development, such as adaptive modification of the developing neuromuscular system.
Play therapy: a review
This article discusses the current issues in play therapy and its implications for play therapists. A brief history of play therapy is provided along with the current play therapy approaches and
"I got some swords and you're dead!": violent fantasy, antisocial behavior, friendship, and moral sensibility in young children.
The hard-to-manage group showed higher rates of violent fantasy; across both groups combined, violent fantasy was related to poor executive control and language ability, frequent antisocial behavior, displays of anger and refusal to help a friend, poor communication and coordination of play, more conflict with a friends, and less empathic moral sensibility 2 years later.