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Education Column: WHY PLAY?

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The way children play is constantly changing and evolving. Most adults perceive a significant contrast between the way they played when they were young, and the way children play today.

In some parts of the world today, many children have more money, toys, and accessories but they also have less freedom. Changes in the natural and built environment have resulted in a decreasingly child friendly environment, with less open spaces in which to play and explore.

Increased traffic and real or perceived danger of strangers has resulted in parents becoming increasingly reluctant to allow children to play unsupervised outside their own homes. As a result, children play in the home more than any other place, particularly in the early years of life. The home is generally the first play environment for young children and parents can facilitate their play through providing opportunities to explore, experiment, learn new skills and grow in competence. Continue reading …

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