In light of recent standards-based and testing movements, the issue of play in child development has taken on increased meaning for educational professionals and social scientists. This third edition of Play From Birth to Twelve offers comprehensive coverage of what we now know about play and its guiding principles, dynamics, and importance in early learning. These up-to-date essays, written by some of the most distinguished experts in the field, help educators, psychologists, anthropologists, parents, health service personnel, and students explore a variety of theoretical and practical ideas, such as:

  • all aspects of play, including historical and diverse perspectives as well as new approaches not yet covered in the literature
  • how teachers in various classroom situations set up and guide play to facilitate learning
  • how play is affected by societal violence, media reportage, technological innovations, and other contemporary issues
  • play and imagination within the current scope of educational policies, childrearing methods, educational variations, cultural differences, and intellectual diversity

New chapters in the third edition of Play From Birth to Twelve cover current and projected future developments in the field of play, such as executive function, neuroscience, autism, play in museums, "small world" play, global issues, media, and technology. The book also suggests ways to support children’s play across different environments at home, in communities, and within various institutional settings.

chapter |8 pages


ByDoris Pronin Fromberg, Doris Bergen

part Part I|76 pages

Perspectives on Play Development

chapter 1|10 pages

Play Development from Birth to Age Four

ByBarbara P. Garner, Doris Bergen

chapter 2|10 pages

Play Development from Ages Four to Eight Years

ByJames E. Johnson

chapter 3|4 pages

Play and Socialization in Middle Childhood1

ByDoris Bergen, Doris Pronin Fromberg

chapter 4|8 pages

Gender Identity and Play

ByMelanie M. Ayres, Aliya Khan, Leslie D. Levé

chapter 5|12 pages

Play as Children See It

ByNancy W. Wiltz, Greta G. Fein

chapter 6|8 pages

Can I Play Too?

Reflections on the Issues for Children with Disabilities1
ByGayle Mindes

chapter 7|10 pages

Play's Role and Meaning in the Lives of Children with Autism

ByPamela Wolfberg

chapter 8|2 pages

Play and Gifted Children1

ByAnnmarie Roeper

chapter |10 pages

Play in the Context of Lifespan Human Development

ByValeria J. Freysinger

part Part II|88 pages

Meanings of Play

chapter 10|10 pages

The Meanings in Play with Objects

ByShirley K. Morgenthaler

chapter 11|10 pages

Social and Nonsocial Play

ByRobert J. Coplan, Laura L. Ooi, Alison Kirkpatrick, Kenneth H. Rubin

chapter 12|12 pages

Language and Play

Natural Partners
ByJane Ilene Freeman Davidson

chapter 13|16 pages

Sociodramatic Play

Pretending Together
ByPatricia Monighan Nourot

chapter 14|8 pages

Constructive Play

ByGeorge Forman

chapter 15|8 pages

Rough-and-Tumble Play from Childhood Through Adolescence

Differing Perspectives
ByAnthony D. Pellegrini

chapter 16|8 pages

Games with Rules

ByRheta DeVries

chapter 17|14 pages

Play as a Context for Humor Development

ByDoris Bergen

part |82 pages

Educational Contexts for Play

chapter 18|8 pages

Adult Influences on Play

The Vygotskian Approach
ByElena Bodrova, Deborah J. Leong

chapter |8 pages

Social Play in School

ByJeffrey Trawick-Smith

chapter |6 pages

Play as a Medium for Literacy Development

ByJames F. Christie, Kathleen Roskos

chapter 21|10 pages

Play and Mathematics in Kindergarten

ByConstance Kamii

chapter 22|10 pages

Scientific Inquiry and Exploratory Representational Play

ByChristopher R. Wolfe, R. Hays Cummins, Christopher A. Myers, Elizabeth M. Cedillos

chapter |8 pages

Technology Play and Learning

ByLena Lee

chapter 24|8 pages

Technology Play Concerns

ByDiane E. Levin

chapter 25|12 pages

The Role of Play in Assessment

ByDiane Parham

chapter |10 pages

Reconciling Play and Assessment Standards

ByDoris Bergen

part |120 pages

Social and Physical Contexts for Play

chapter 27|14 pages

Play in Historical and Cross-Cultural Contexts

ByDonna R. Barnes

chapter 28|12 pages

Influences of Race, Culture, Social Class, and Gender

Diversity and Play
ByPatricia G. Ramsey

chapter 29|10 pages

Parent–Child and Child–Child Play in Diverse Cultural Contexts

ByJaipaul L. Roopnarine, Ambika Krishnakumar

chapter 30|8 pages

Sibling and Peer Influences on Play

BySherri Oden, Kathleen O. Gray, Janie A. Winn

chapter 31|10 pages

The Cultural and Familial Contexts of Caregiver Support for Children's Pretend Play

ByWendy L. Haight, Minhae Cho

chapter 32|8 pages

City Play

ByAmanda Dargan, Steve Zeitlin

chapter 319|10 pages

Playful Experiences for Children in Museums

ByDonna R. Barnes

chapter 34|8 pages

Children's Outdoor Play

An Endangered Activity
ByMary S. Rivkin

chapter 35|12 pages

Perspectives on Play and Playgrounds

ByJoe L. Frost, Irma C. Woods

chapter 36|12 pages

Play as Ritual in Health Care Settings

ByLaura Gaynard

chapter 37|14 pages

Clinical Perspectives on Play

ByKaren Gitlin-Weiner

part |70 pages

Particular Meanings Embedded in Play

chapter |2 pages

The Struggle Between Sacred Play and Festive Play1

ByBrian Sutton-Smith

chapter 39|8 pages

Fantasy and Imagination

ByDorothy G. Singer, Jerome L. Singer

chapter 40|12 pages

Sociocultural Influences on Gender-Role Behaviors in Children's Play

ByAlice Sterling Honig

chapter 41|10 pages

Play and Violence

Understanding and Responding Effectively
ByDiane E. Levin

chapter 42|10 pages

Protean Selves, Trading Zones, and Nonlinear Dynamical Systems

The Role of Play in Future Progress
ByKaren Vander Ven

chapter 43|16 pages

How Nonlinear Systems Inform Meaning and Early Education1

ByDoris Pronin Fromberg

chapter 44|8 pages

Play, Technology Toy Affordances, and Brain Development

Needs and Policy Issues1
ByDoris Bergen

chapter 45|2 pages

Play and the Origin of Species1

ByMichael J. Ellis

chapter |8 pages


Emerging and Future Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings of Play
ByDoris Bergen, Doris Pronin Fromberg