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Play and Mathematics

Play and Mathematics

Play and mathematics
Clare WisemanKaren Vincent

Chapter Overview

In this chapter you can read about:

  • Why play is important
  • How play supports early mathematical understanding
  • How adults can support children's mathematical development through play.

The Importance of Play

Everyone, with few exceptions, engages in play. Play and playful language are a natural part of our lives. Play is an elastic concept that allows us to experiment and hypothesise; when we cook, we may play with the approximate quantities of ingredients in familiar recipes. The nature of play changes as we develop from infancy, through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood, but the power that play has to engage, motivate, inspire and challenge is continuous. For any child, play is important for holistic development - good quality play supports positive learning ...

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