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Broad Area of Research (BAR) For my research, I am going to look at Broad Area surrounding play. I have chosen play it forms the major part of a child's everyday life and their development. There are several types of play that encourage physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. There are many benefits to play and lots of toys as well as outside activities that build up other skills. The aspect of toys has a whole range that I could investigate and use for the child I am studying. Areas of importance could include the following. Physical Physically, children benefit from play because it advances physical development. Different types of physical play help develop different skills: Skipping takes balance, for example; climbing monkey bars builds strength; and sports activities involve coordination. Large motor skills, such as running, throwing, and pedalling, improve first, but fine motor skills aren't far behind. A 3-year-old carefully stacking blocks into towers is not only learning about gravity and balance but also developing hand-eye coordination. ...read more.


When children disagree about who gets to be the daddy or who will wear the purple dress, they're actually developing important social skills. Language increases as a child plays and interacts with others. A baby's cooing games with parents evolve into the language skills of a child sharing stories. Learning to cooperate, negotiate, take turns and play by the rules are important interpersonal lifetime skills, all of which play fosters. Fantasy Imaginative play allows children to travel thorough space and time, to explore and envision future courses of action, to reinterpret experiences into stories, and to express themselves. Play, in its many forms, gives "a sense of the social fabric: its definitions of freedom, of what is sacred, and its sensibility of order. And these abstract elements are represented in all things associated with play, with the constumres, rituals, rules and objects that are bound up in this sociocultural practice. Creative A very important aspect of early childhood learning is the ability to role play. ...read more.


In general, children learn best by doing, so this type of playing is a natural fit for their development. Discovery play doesn't necessarily mean that children are given a structured kind of play. Yes, it does happen this way too and it can be fun. But more often than not, it's more enjoyable for kids to just "do stuff" and see what does what and why. This is the really fun part of learning. Maybe more so because it's spontaneous. Manipulative Manipulative play comes under physical development of your child. Play that involves hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Children need the opportunity to work on finer skills that involve a little more control and direction. Manipulative play develops the sense of coordination, challenging their little fingers to follow the lines or use their tools properly. Some examples of manipulative play are: Colouring, especially in a defined area Paper crafts and art involving moving parts that need to be "put together" Using a safe and simple tool kit to help with tasks around the house Cutting out a sunshine for the window or painting within the lines - all these activities are the perfect exercise for this type of play. ...read more.

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