Playing Within and Beyond the Story: Encouraging Book-Related Pretend Play

Welsch, Jodi G.
October 2008
Reading Teacher;Oct2008, Vol. 62 Issue 2, p138
Academic Journal
The article reports on symbolic play related to children's literature and text interactions among preschool student readers. The article suggests that pretend play is a context for learning and contributes to student development. Play activities can include pretend play with objects, playing at being someone or something, and creating fictional people, places, and things. The article presents techniques for classroom play and methods to observe and assess children's play. Other topics include props, play within text, self-direction, and book selection.


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