Play Culture in a Changing World (Debating Play) by Marjatta Kalliala

By Marjatta Kalliala

This paintings is helping readers to think again the contribution of play in early life. It is helping adults to appreciate that kids have their very own play tradition, and in addition is helping practitioners to mirror at the manner they motivate young ones to play via realizing their play tradition.

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Eva-Lis Bjurman (1981) states that children, especially socially advantaged children, spend a great deal of time on hobbies, which are believed to train individual performance. Emmi demonstrates this phenomenon. She has three hobbies a week. She visits theatre and art exhibitions with her mother, and she only plays with other children at the day-care centre. The play culture of more disadvantaged children is threatened by moving from one place to another, the restrictions experienced by the adults, a poor environment, mass culture, and poorly planned housing in less popular suburbs.

Questions for reflective practice • Have you considered the value of introducing young children to the formal rules of games such as football? • Have you observed whether children make their own rules in competitive play in the way suggested in this chapter? • How does age segregation impact on the play culture of children? • How much time do children have to develop competition as they use it in their play culture? Further reading Opie, I. (1993) The People in the Playground. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

The process is similar to the one that changes the story of The Wind in the Willows into a theatrical production. Also the step from a book or a film to pretend play demands: • • • • • a manuscript; casting; developing the plot; acting and speaking the lines; making it their ‘own’ by both imitating and creating. In addition, it also demands materials, time to develop the play, and space away from adult intervention. Children’s play culture flourishes in corners where adults do not reach Making their own space allows children the opportunity to create their own imagined worlds.

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