The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally

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Da Capo Press, Dec 25, 2007 - Psychology - 256 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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The power of play: how spontaneous, imaginative activities lead to happier, healthier children

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Elkind (child development, Tufts Univ.;The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon ) has contributed a timely book on the importance of unstructured play in the academic preparation and ... Read full review


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The Power of Play is an excellent read! Play is very important to every child and every adult. Read full review


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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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