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Top of FormPlay is one of the ways children learn about themselves the people around them their environment and their community Play can occur alone or in a group It can be spontaneous or as a part of a plan activity Piagets stated that play is very important in the lives of children because play tells us important things about the childs inner life Play also resolves tensions it not only cognitive but is also emotional and moral Play contributes to personality formation Children play and practice communication through both non-verbal and verbal symbols Play holds a very important role in education Keith Sawyer p Piaget stated that children that play with objects could eventually think abstract symbolic thoughts The child constructs his or her own knowledge through interaction with social groups Driscoll Nagal p 123 Most play situations offer opportunities for speaking and listening Play teaches children the art of negotiating and communicating Michael Rettig p Play also encourages cultural awareness which allows children not only learn about themselves but also learn about othersBalkin J Nooveck B 2006 The state of play wwwNcelagwueduMichael Rettig Play and cultural Diversity Bottom of Form
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