Constructive Play

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    • 00:11

      ELIZABETH WOOD: I think the idea of constructive playhas also come from a similar place to the ideathat adults should be planning for play,should be shaping children's play towards the learningoutcomes that are defined in a curriculum framework,or the learning outcomes the are valued within a schoolor within a classroom.So constructive play, I think, carries a lot

    • 00:33

      ELIZABETH WOOD [continued]: of value assumptions that play should alwayslead to something.And that something is always defined and valued by adults.It's also implies the opposite, that playthat isn't constructive is somehow destructive.And actually, the idea of constructing and deconstructing

    • 00:54

      ELIZABETH WOOD [continued]: in play is really important for childrenbecause they're continually making things, taking themapart, and making things again, and making things different,making things anew.There are lots of different ideas comeinto the play as children are constantlyreconstructing their play events, their play resources,their play materials.

    • 01:15

      ELIZABETH WOOD [continued]: So I think we have to be very careful about termssuch as "constructive" play, because wehave to ask the question, who is defining what is constructive?

Constructive Play

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Dr. Elizabeth Wood explores the pros and cons of identifying and designating portions of children's playtime as "constructive play."

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Constructive Play

Dr. Elizabeth Wood explores the pros and cons of identifying and designating portions of children's playtime as "constructive play."

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