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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.

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On ‘becoming social’: the importance of collaborative free play in childhood: International Journal of Play: Vol 3, No 1
Title: On ‘becoming social’: the importance of collaborative free play in childhood: International Journal of Play: Vol 3, No 1
Abstract:
Publication year: 2016
Date: 28/07/2022
On ‘becoming social’: the importance of collaborative free play in childhood

There is increasing concern about declining mental health amongst children in the UK and the USA. Evolutionary and anthropological theorists have begun to build a theory linking this situation to decreasing opportunities to engage in free play. This paper will explore typical contexts for children in these nations, concluding that a range of recently emerging […]

Title: On ‘becoming social’: the importance of collaborative free play in childhood
Abstract:

There is increasing concern about declining mental health amongst children in the UK and the USA. Evolutionary and anthropological theorists have begun to build a theory linking this situation to decreasing opportunities to engage in free play. This paper will explore typical contexts for children in these nations, concluding that a range of recently emerging environments have decreased opportunities for collaborative peer free play and ‘discovery’ activities for the current generation. We will draw the theoretical analysis from a broad area of research encompassing psychology, anthropology, education, sociology, marketing, and philosophy to offer a new blend of practical and theoretical perspectives that may shed further light upon this topic.

Publication year: 2014
Date: 28/07/2022
Volume: 3
Page/s: 53-68

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