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Theory and Practice
Theory and practice

Why Play?


  • verb 1. engage in games or other activities for enjoyment rather than for a serious or practical purpose.
  • noun 1. activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation, especially by children.

Compact English Dictionary Online; Oxford University Press (2011)

The dictionary definition of play includes enjoyment as the key defining feature. It suggests that playing is about ‘having a good time’.

Anyone who has spent time observing children in pre-school and school settings, as well ...

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