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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
The role of play in child development is a source of ongoing interest and
debate. In this book, renowned expert Peter Smith offers an expansive
definition of the term “play”, taking an in-depth look at its impact on
children, as well as its adaptive value for birds and mammals, including
Using both contemporary and classic research, Smith examines how different age
groups and sexes participate in a wide variety of play, including exercise and
rough-and- tumble play, fantasy play and imaginary friends, and play with
objects. The book gauges the function of play in early childhood education and
makes the case for and against recess breaks in school. How play occurs in
different societies and among various populations – including children with
special needs – is also explored.
With its comprehensive coverage of theoretical, historical, cross-cultural,
and evolutionary perspectives, Children and Play holds significant insights for
parents, educators, and clinicians.