Why Children Need Play!

Leong, Deborah J.; Bodrova, Elena
September 2005
Scholastic Parent & Child;Sep2005, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p37
The article focuses on the role of pretend play in developing learning skills among children. Good, old-fashioned pretend play-- with an empty box or simple rag doll--provides something very important to later growth and development. There is a growing body of research that shows a link between play and the development of cognitive and social skills that are prerequisites for learning more complex concepts. Play is linked to growth in memory, self-regulation, oral language, and symbol recognition. Play has also been linked to increased literacy skills and academic capabilities in other areas.


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