Learning Through Play

@inproceedings{Smith2008LearningTP,
  title={Learning Through Play},
  author={Peter K. Smith and Anthony D. Pellegrini},
  year={2008}
}
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… 
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