In light of recent standards-based and testing movements, the issue of play in childhood has taken on increased meaning for educational professionals and social scientists. This second edition of Play From Birth to Twelve offers comprehensive coverage of what we now know about play, its guiding principles, its dynamics and importance in early learning. These up-to-date essays, written by some of the most distinguished experts in the field, help students explore:

  • all aspects of play, including 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
  • which areas of play have been studied adequately and which require further research.

part |2 pages

Part I: Perspectives on Play Development

chapter 1|10 pages

Play Development from Birth to Age Four

chapter 2|8 pages

Play Development from Ages Four to Eight

chapter 3|10 pages

Play Development from Ages Eight to Twelve

chapter 4|10 pages

Language and Play: Natural Partners

chapter 5|6 pages

Gender Identity and Play

part |2 pages

Part II: Meanings of Play

chapter 8|10 pages

The Meanings in Play with Objects

chapter 9|12 pages

Social and Nonsocial Play

chapter 10|16 pages

Sociodramatic Play Pretending Together

chapter 11|8 pages

Constructive Play

chapter 13|8 pages

Games with Rules

chapter 14|14 pages

Play as Children See It

chapter 15|16 pages

Play as a Context for Humor Development

part |2 pages

Part III: Educational Contexts for Play

part |2 pages

Part IV: Social and Physical Contexts for Play

chapter 30|12 pages

Sibling and Peer Influences on Play

chapter 32|8 pages

City Play

chapter 34|12 pages

Perspectives on Play and Playgrounds

chapter 35|10 pages

Play as Ritual in Health Care Settings

chapter 36|16 pages

Clinical Perspectives on Play

part |2 pages

Part V: Particular Meanings Embedded in Play