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ERIC Number: EJ851019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Rough and Tumble Play 101
Carlson, Frances
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n188 p70-72 Jul-Aug 2009
Many people fear that play-fighting or rough and tumble play is the same as real fighting. There is also a fear that this rough play will become real fighting if allowed to continue. Most of all, parents and teachers fear that during the course of rough and tumble play a child may be hurt. To provide for and allow children to play rough without injury, teachers need to understand how rough play is different from aggression, as well as about how to offer it in a safe and supportive environment. For young children, rough and tumble play is seemingly universal and dates back to the 12th century (Jarvis, 2007). This style of play incorporates a range of physical behaviors that range from running and chasing to tagging and wrestling. The author discusses the significance of rough and tumble play and outlines the physical benefits of rough and tumble play and its policies and rules.
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Language: English
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