To write my blog post Play is Learning I did quite a bit of reading, including articles that were barely or not at all mentioned in the final product. I wanted to highlight two lengthy articles that merit reading if you are interested in what can be done to increase play in the lives of children.
Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School is 72 pages long but well worth the time. It explores how kindergarten changed from being a play-filled environment encouraging children to love learning to a place more focused on standardized testing. It discusses what science actually says about how children learn, and then makes recommendations on how kindergartens should be structured to best nurture children.
The Playwork Primer by Penny Wilson is a wonderful work on how to support the natural instinct of children to play. It explains the concept of adventure playgrounds, how children play, how to encourage inclusiveness, how adults can be supportive, and much more. It is not an academic work, but rather a play handbook. It’s inspiring and fun to read.
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