What is PLAY ? Why do preschool kids play more than study?
Why spend so much time playing ? Shouldn't they be studying ?
Let's look at different descriptions and views of play by various sources and people:
World Book Dictionary defines play as :
"something done to amuse oneself; fun; sport, recreation."
Emory S Bogardus referred to it as :
"Those activities which are not consciously performed for the sake of any reward beyond themselves"
"graduated toys provides early exercise in geometric, artistic and mathematical skills."
Maria Montessori (1870-1952):
"didactic play materials expand pre-mathematical understanding and sensory training.
Sigmund Freud (1856-1939):
"there is therapy / healing through play.
Jean Piaget (1896-1980):
Play contributes to cognition
Child's play is his work
CHARACTERISTICS OF PLAY