The Power of Play: Learning what Comes Naturally

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Da Capo Lifelong, 2007 - Family & Relationships - 240 pages
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Today’s parents often worry that their children will be at a disadvantage if they are not engaged in constant learning, but child development expert David Elkind reassures us that imaginative play goes far to prepare children for academic and social success. Through expert analysis of the research and powerful examples, Elkind shows how creative, spontaneous play fosters healthy mental and social development and sets the stage for academic learning in the first place. An important contribution to the literature about how children learn, The Power of Play restores play’s respected place in children’s lives and encourages parents to trust their instincts to stay away from many of the dubious educational products on the market.

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Review: Power of Play: How Spontaneous, Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children

User Review  - Carmen Fernández - Goodreads

Wonderful book that make us give a second thought to how modern life has affected kids play and learning. Read full review

Review: Power of Play: How Spontaneous, Imaginative Activities Lead to Happier, Healthier Children

User Review  - Sharon Rosenberg-Scholl - Goodreads

This book was interesting, approachable and informative. Elkind explains how young children learn and the importance of different types of play in their development. He talks about educational ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

David Elkind, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Tufts University and the author of a dozen books, including The Hurried Child and All Grown Up and No Place to Go. He lives outside of Boston and on Cape Cod.

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