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With an extensive background in teaching and researching children’s uses of drawing, Gill Hope describes the ways in which multiple forms of drawing are used by elementary school children. She explains why it should be actively promoted as a means of supporting thinking and learning across a wide range of subject areas, and provides practical support for teachers.

Drawing to Play
Drawing to play

The need to play is essential to human intellectual growth and emotional well-being. Children deprived of play through illness, hunger, trauma, abuse or other deprivation often demonstrate signs of emotional disturbance. The greatest of human minds, in fields as diverse as science, technology, art, music, religion, politics or philosophy, all play. They use the capabilities honed in childhood to imagine, dream, create, consider and invent new ways of solving physical, social, intellectual, aesthetic or spiritual problems. Playing with ideas is not just the highest form of human intellectual activity, it is also the most fundamental. It is where we all begin: to wonder, to think and to become independent rational beings. Although unable to articulate their thoughts, a babe in ...

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