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ERIC Number: EJ1133987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Patterns and Attributes in Vulnerable Children's Messy Play
Gascoyne, Sue
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v25 n2 p272-291 2017
"Messy play" is often viewed as a purely ludic play activity in early childhood settings, however, some professionals in therapeutic contexts have understood it as potentially significant for supporting young children who have experienced trauma. This article reports on a study that explored how young children who have experienced trauma may use their engagements in messy play to regulate and express their emotions. Children's uses of messy play resources in a therapeutic environment were observed. The resources included sand, water, paint, playdough, gloop, gellybaff, clay, shredded paper and shaving foam. When the children used these resources, patterns, special attributes and transformative qualities in their interactions with them were captured. This revealed that the children used messy play as a conduit for communication. Findings from the study were identified as potentially useful for practitioners working in mainstream early childhood settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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