Play is a voluntary, spontaneous, flexible, and pleasurable activity that is a child’s natural, automatic, and instinctive way of learning. There is something very significant about play in the lives of young children. Play is a vital part for healthy social, cognitive, creative, language, and emotional development in early childhood and should be a fundamental part of all young children’s lives. If you were to watch children at a playground you would observer a universal truth of children of all ages involved in play from an infant holding a toy, to a four-year-old playing dress up, and a seven-year-old playing hopscotch, children love engaging in self-motivated and structured play without adults interfering. Nevertheless, with increasing stress in or culture on developing academic skills in children at younger and younger ages, and the ever-growing influence of technology, children are spending less and less time discovering and enjoying the benefits of free play.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Greg Geirhart

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Educational Studies

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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