Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Play

Play is an essential part of children’s development and learning. Play helps children learn to understand themselves and get along with others, explore their environment, investigate science, math, and literacy, learn about their communities, and much more. The articles in this collection emphasize the importance of play—from infancy through the primary grades, how to support and scaffold children’s play, and how to connect play to learning. Also included is a professional development guide with questions and activities.

Play is an essential part of children’s development and learning. Play helps children learn to understand themselves and get along with others, explore their environment, investigate science, math, and literacy, learn about their communities, and much more. The articles in this collection emphasize the importance of play—from infancy through the primary grades, how to support and scaffold children’s play, and how to connect play to learning. Also included is a professional development guide with questions and activities.

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