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Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and Social-Emotional Growth

Dorothy G. Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek


Why is it that the best and brightest of our children are arriving at college too burned out to profit from the smorgasbord of intellectual delights that they are offered? Why is it that some preschools and kindergartens have a majority of children struggling to master cognitive tasks that are inappropriate for their age? Why is playtime often considered to be time unproductively spent? This book contends that the answers to these questions stem from a single source: in the rush to create a generation of Einsteins, our culture has forgotten about the importance of play for children's developme ... More

Keywords: preschool, kindergarten, playtime, children, development, creativity, learning, physical activity, emotional health, academic skills

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195304381
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195304381.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dorothy G. Singer, editor
Yale University

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, editor
University of Delaware

Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, editor
Temple University