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Vygotsky and Creativity: A Cultural-historical Approach to Play, Meaning Making, and the Arts

This text presents a Vygotskian perspective on children’s and adults’ symbolic engagement in play, multi-modal meaning making, and the arts. Psychologists, artists, and educators present research and practice in a variety of learning environments through the lens of Vygotsky’s cultural … Continue reading

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The Power of Play

Play is learning. As Vygotsky noted, it “contains all developmental tendencies in a condensed form and is itself a major source of development.” Virtually every child, the world over, plays. The drive to play is so intense that children will … Continue reading

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Play as a Foundation for Hunter-Gatherer Social Existence

Hunter-gatherers promoted, through cultural means, the playful side of their human nature and this made possible their egalitarian, nonautocratic, intensely cooperative ways of living. Hunter-gatherer bands, with their fluid membership, are likened to social-play groups, which people could freely join … Continue reading

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Role of Play in Social Skills and Intelligence of Children

Need to play in the living of children is accounted as their deepest and most fundamental natures that can be considered the same as its physical needs. According to Mariana Monteh Souri, an Italian trainer in the field of education … Continue reading

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Playful Parenting

Parents have heard that play is a child’s work–but the play is not for kids only. As psychologist Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D. demonstrates in this delightful new book, play can be the basis for an innovative and rewarding approach to … Continue reading

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‘Homo Futbolensis’: A los Primates nos Gusta Jugar

A los primates nos gusta jugar. Somos un orden de especies muy juguetonas de nacimiento porque nos permite explorar el entorno y a los compañeros en un contexto de seguridad, sin que tenga graves consecuencias. De hecho, las especies más … Continue reading

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Does Playing Pay? The Fitness-Effect of Free Play during Childhood

Evolutionary developmental psychology claims that the sequences and processes of human development, in fact the mere fact of ontogeny itself, have to be viewed as evolutionary products. However, although the functional benefits of childish behavior (child playing) for cognitive and … Continue reading

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Play Outside! Ways to Health, Happiness, Creativity, and to Environmental Sustainability

For both adults and kids, time spent outdoors increases all measures of well-being:  psychological and physical health, cognitive abilities, and creativity. It is also good for the planet. Here’s a brief review of the research and some suggestions for how … Continue reading

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Democratic Schooling: What Happens to Young People Who Have Charge of Their Own Education

A follow-up study was conducted of the graduates of the Sudbury Valley School (SVS), a democratically administered primary and secondary school that has no learning requirements but rather supports students’ self-directed activities. Although these individuals educated themselves in ways that … Continue reading

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Free Play can define Kids’ Success

Free, unstructured playtime gives kids a chance to discover their interests and tap into their creativity. It’s a crucial element for building resilience in children, an attribute they’ll need in order to become happy, productive adults. That’s Kenneth Ginsburg’s thesis … Continue reading

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