The Special Value of Children ’ s Age-Mixed Play •

  title={The Special Value of Children ’ s Age-Mixed Play •},
  author={Peter M. Gray},
From an evolutionary perspective, the normal social play of children involves kids of various ages. Our human and great-ape ancestors most likely lived in small groups with low birth rates, which made play with others of nearly the same age rare. Consequently, the evolutionary functions of children’s social play are best understood by examining play in groups that include children of different ages. The author calls this kind of play “age mixed.” He reviews the research on such play, including… CONTINUE READING

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