Play, Physical Activity, and Public Health: The Reframing of Children’s Leisure Lives

Are children playing less than they used to? Are rising obesity rates linked to a decline in children’s time to play freely? These and other related questions have filled the pages of newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals for the past decade. Researchers and journalists have attributed these issues to societal...

Play is the Way: Child development, Early Years and the Future of Scottish Education

Always the Cinderella of the education system, the significance of early years has been seriously under-estimated. Play is the Way brings together leading practitioners, policy-makers and academics to explain how a coherent approach to early years – centred on positive relationships and play – will not only result in better...

Play in American Life, Vol. 2: Essays in Honor of Joe L. Frost

As fewer children have access to natural play areas, and as health and educational professionals increasingly realize the value of play in both physical and emotional development, this collection of essays on play provides a timely look at current trends in play theory and practice. Editors Mary Ruth Moore and...

Play and Child Development (4th Edition)

More than any other textbook on the market, Play and Child Development, Fourth Edition, ties play directly to child development. The authors address the full spectrum of play-related topics and seamlessly blend research, theory, and practical applications throughout this developmentally-based resource. Readers will learn about historical, theoretical, and practical approaches...

Peer Play and Relationships in Early Childhood International Research Perspectives

This book offers a rich collection of international research narratives that reveal the qualities and value of peer play. It presents new understandings of peer play and relationships in chapters drawn from richly varied contexts that involve sibling play, collaborative peer play, and joint play with adults. The book explores...

Let Them Play: An Early Learning (Un)Curriculum (NONE)

Let children experience the learning power of play Children’s play is focused, purposeful, and full of learning. As children play, they master motor development, learn language and social skills, think creatively, and make cognitive leaps. This (un)curriculum is all about supporting child-led play, trusting children as capable and engaged learners,...

From Play to Practice: Connecting Teachers’ Play to Children’s Learning

From Play to Practice describes how and why play is important. The play workshop experiences for educators that are outlined in the book help teachers understand and promote play-based learning as part of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood programs. Journal reflections of play participants, along with photos from play...

Big Body Play

"Big body play”―the sometimes rowdy, always very physical running, rolling, climbing, tagging, jumping, grabbing, and wrestling that most children love and many adults try to shut down―can and should be an integral part of every early childhood setting. Drawing from evidence-based practice and the latest research, this book explains the...

Balanced and Barefoot How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children

In this important book, a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of TimberNook shows how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for children's cognitive development and growth, and offers tons of fun, engaging ways to help ensure that kids grow into healthy, balanced, and resilient adults. Today's kids...

Play-A Basic Pathway to the Self

Based on the exceptional scholarship of distinguished sociologist Thomas S. Henricks, this penetrating, accessible, and wide-ranging collection presents the culmination of his efforts—through the American Journal of Play in particular—to elucidate what play is and what it means to human beings. The book presents five of his original essays and...

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