The Brain That Loves to Play

The Brain That Loves to Play A Visual Guide to Child Development, Play and Brain Growth

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Publisher's Synopsis

This delightful visual book provides an accessible introduction to how play affects the holistic development and brain growth of children from birth to five years. Written by a leading expert, it brings current theory to life by inviting the reader to celebrate the developing brain that loves to play and is hungry for sensitive human interaction and rich play opportunities.

Packed full of images and links to film clips of children playing in a variety of contexts on the companion website, chapters focus on different ages and stages of development, providing snapshots of real play scenarios to explore their play preferences and the theory that underpins their play behaviour. With clear explanations of what is happening in the body and brain at each "stage," this book reveals the richness of the play opportunities on offer and the adult's role in facilitating it. Each chapter follows an easy-to-navigate format which includes:

 Best practice boxes showing how play in different contexts has impacted a child's development

 QR codes linking to short film clips on a companion website to exemplify key points

 Brain and body facts sections providing short accessible explanations of key theories

 Play and pedagogy discussion questions

 Extended material to support the level four descriptors for degree-level study.

With opportunities to dig deeper, full-colour photographs, and a fully integrated companion website, The Brain that Loves to Play is essential reading for all early years students and practitioners and all those with an interest in child development.

About the Publisher



Routledge is the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We publish thousands of books and journals each year, serving scholars, instructors, and professional communities worldwide. Our current publishing programme encompasses groundbreaking textbooks and premier, peer-reviewed research in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Built Environment. We have partnered with many of the most influential societies and academic bodies to publish their journals and book series. Readers can access tens of thousands of print and e-books from our extensive catalogue of titles. Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.

Book information

ISBN: 9781032314396
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Imprint: Routledge
Pub date:
DEWEY: 155.418
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 258
Weight: 595g
Height: 189mm
Width: 246mm
Spine width: 14mm