Factsheet - The importance of Play
Susan Isaacs (1885 – 1948) work is “based on an understanding that children learn through active involvement with their environment and that this is often best achieved through the medium of play.”
(Beaver. M, 2001, C23 p379)
Creative Play Physical PlayImaginativePlayManipulativePlaySocial Play
Placing varioustypes andcolour of paperon a table withglue.Using beams,beanbags, ballsetc as anassault course.Playing housein the role-playarea.Making achosen modelby thepractitioner withplay dough.Reading a bookwith thepractitioner / child.Mixing paintsand painting.Using theoutdoorequipment toplay with, i.e.cars.Dressing up andpretending to bea policeman.CookingWorking as agroup andbuilding a towerwith theconstructiontoys, talkingthrough withthe others onwhat to do.
Children learn a lot through play as they gain many skills and confidence throughpractical activities and engaging with other children and adults.
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