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Promoting pretend play in the preschool years: Teacher practices and strategies for involving families

Resource Type: Other
Author(s): Winter, Marna K.; Hollingsworth, Heidi
Date Issued: May/June 2015
Description: Research demonstrates that creative play is critical for healthy human development. It helps children develop physical, social, and cognitive abilities and promotes problem-solving skills and creativity. Children around the world play, and the ways they play are culturally bound. Children benefit from both unstructured and structured play, and teachers and caregivers can scaffold both types of play through a variety of supportive methods. It is important to view every interaction and experience as an opportunity for learning, without providing so much structure that it interferes with the play. In this article, the authors identify the benefits of pretend play--creating imaginary scenarios--and explore ways that teachers and families can promote make-believe play for preschool children. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: Childhood Education
Volume Number: 91
Issue Number: 3
Page Range: 182-189
Topics: Children & Child Development > Child Development & School Readiness > Behavior/Social & Emotional Development/Socialization

Parents & Families > Involvement In Child Care & Early Education

Child Care & Early Education Provider Workforce
ISSN: 2162-0725 Online
0009-4056 Paper
Peer Reviewed: yes
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