Why Play Matters: 101 Activities for Developmental Play to Support Young Children
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This accessible book is full of play-based activities to support child development. Grounded in evidence-based practice, it inspires and informs readers to understand play, and offers ideas and practical activities to use with the children in their care (ages 0-8).
Drawing from the holistic and inclusive model of Developmental Play, which includes sensory play, creative-explorative play, meaning-making play and higher play, the activities focus on supporting aspects of social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Each activity follows the helpful structure: “you’ll need,” “your child will learn” and “top tips,” and shows how play can be used to enhance children’s development in five key areas:
- To build emotional wellbeing
- To build social skills
- To build school readiness
- To build physical skills
- To develop sensory processing skills.
Playfulness is fundamental to healthy holistic development and this book shows you why play matters, how it works, and why each reader should bring play back into children’s lives to give them the best start in life for the best chance in life. It is essential reading for early years practitioners, primary school teachers, occupational therapists and parents.