Play, Learning and Development

Canning, Natalie and Rekers, Angela (2022). Play, Learning and Development. In: Waters-Davies, Jane ed. Introduction to Play. London: Sage, pp. 55–67.



This chapter establishes that children’s play is at the heart of their learning and development. Play provides children with opportunities to explore, make meaning, test and problem-solve. It enables them to process their thoughts and emotions through making choices
and decisions. All these attributes are linked to cognitive development; all are significant for learning and growing up in a complicated world. In this chapter we examine the impact of play from a socio-constructivist position where young children’s knowledge and understanding is shaped through engagement with their social and material environment.

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