Definition of Play
Our definition of play is 'A physical
or mental leisure activity that is undertaken purely for enjoyment or amusement
and has no other objective'. There are other areas of human activity that may
also be defined in this way hence the need for contextual elaboration.
For our purposes play may assist
learning and self-development. It can be undertaken by individuals or groups of
children spontaneously or as part of a planned activity. There isn’t any
intervention so there is no need for clinical supervision, quality management,
code of ethics or adult training. The only concern is that there is a
physically safe environment. A question often raised today is whether children
know how to play. This is probably a philosophical question since children's
play is a natural activity essential for their healthy development. It may be
that children play differently from their forebears.
Neuroscience research confirms the
importance of play for infants in developing children's brains and minds. It has also been shown that exposure to
metaphor and symbols, as used in play, has a beneficial effect upon the
development of the brain.
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