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We’ve rounded up a set of high-quality play resources for you to explore. The library houses a collection of links that will take you to peer-reviewed publications, videos of play experts, and websites that may be of interest to you.

You can use the filters below to find the resources that best match your interests. The library can be sorted by format (journal papers, videos, blogs etc.), child age, and type of play.

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Accessing the Inaccessible: Redefining Play as a Spectrum
Title: Accessing the Inaccessible: Redefining Play as a Spectrum
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Publication year: 2018
Date: 02/08/2018
Volume: 9
Children’s Exploration of Physical Phenomena During Object Play
Title: Children’s Exploration of Physical Phenomena During Object Play
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Publication year: 2017
Date: 02/01/2017
Volume: 31
Page/s: 122-140
Accessing the Inaccessible: Redefining Play as a Spectrum

Defining play has plagued researchers and philosophers for years. From describing play as an inaccessible concept due to its complexity, to providing checklists of features, the field has struggled with how to conceptualize and operationalize “play.” This theoretical piece reviews the literature about both play and learning and suggests that by viewing play as a […]

Title: Accessing the Inaccessible: Redefining Play as a Spectrum
Abstract:

Defining play has plagued researchers and philosophers for years. From describing play as an inaccessible concept due to its complexity, to providing checklists of features, the field has struggled with how to conceptualize and operationalize “play.” This theoretical piece reviews the literature about both play and learning and suggests that by viewing play as a spectrum – that ranges from free play (no guidance or support) to guided play and games (including purposeful adult support while maintaining playful elements), we better capture the true essence of play and explain its relationship to learning. Insights from the Science of Learning allow us to better understand why play supports learning across social and academic domains. By changing the lens through which we conceptualize play, we account for previous findings in a cohesive way while also proposing new avenues of exploration for the field to study the role of learning through play across age and context.

Publication year: 2018
Date: 28/07/2022
Volume: 9

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