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Research has shown that adults tend to undervalue the complexity and benefits of play. .Playing is intuitive, instinctive and primary to our existence. Perhaps most significant is the connection of play to achieving instructive and advantageous outcomes. The benefits of play are enduring - enabling intellectual and social growth.

Adults tend to undervalue the complexity and benefits of play. However, playing ‘successfully’ can entail extensive critical/crucial judgment and analytical skills.

Play is usually classified as having the following four elements:

  • it is satisfying for its own sake and it does not depend on gaining external remuneration, that is, it is fundamentally motivating;
  • it is typically voluntary;
  • it involves a degree of physical/active engagement;
  • it is distinctive from other activities by having a ‘pretend’ quality (Pellegrini, 1995).

Though imitation, play and games are by and large considered as stratagem for children, imitation and play remain significant accommodation and integration strategies all the way through life.

Play appears to be one of those constructs that is apparent at the inherent level but extremely difficult to articulate in concrete terms - we all know it when we see it or ‘practice’ it.

Playing is intuitive, instinctive and primary to our existence.

Perhaps most significant is the connection of play to achieving instructive and advantageous outcomes. The benefits of play are enduring - enabling intellectual and social growth.

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