Promoting Human Development through Play
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This review of literature was designed to show that play is an essential part of childhood and learning. Play is integral to human development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well being of children (Ginsberg 182). Play comes in several forms such as pretend play, free play, rule bound play, explorative play, gaming, and information seeking. Through play, learners can “Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge” (AASL 3). When students play, they utilize critical thinking skills as they solve problems. Play offers several benefits; however, many barriers need to be overcome as well. The school librarian can integrate strategies in an effort to restore and bring play into the library.