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Haas, Malka – Childhood Education, 1996
Examines the role of playgrounds that use discarded items or "junk" as an integral part of kindergarten classes in an Israeli kibbutz. Suggests that play in the junkyard, by including the whole person--muscles and senses, emotion and intellect, individual growth and social interaction--can offer the experiential foundations on which…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Cognitive Development, Constructivism (Learning), Developmental Tasks
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Winter, Susan M.; And Others – Childhood Education, 1994
Examines the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the role of developmentally appropriate practice when insuring the safe inclusion of children with disabilities in play environments. Discusses four principles that should guide the creation of safe, inclusive play environments: safety; developmentally appropriate practice;…
Descriptors: Child Safety, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education
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Henniger, Michael L. – Childhood Education, 1994
Discusses how outdoor play can be as effective as indoor play in facilitating young children's development. Offers advice on selection of toys and materials; organization of play spaces; addition of movable toys and equipment; ways to stimulate imaginative outdoor play; and playground safety. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Child Development, Dramatic Play, Early Childhood Education, Outdoor Activities
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Wortham, Sue C.; Wortham, Marshal R. – Childhood Education, 1989
Discusses the importance of the outdoor play area for infant and toddler cognitive, physical and social development. Also discusses design, landscape and arrangement considerations for the play area. (RJC)
Descriptors: Child Development, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment
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Frost, Joe L. – Childhood Education, 1978
Discusses four factors central to the American playground movement: backlash reaction to cognitive emphasis in early childhood education, influence of European play environments, increasing awareness of deficiencies in traditional American playgrounds, and accumulation of experience with new types of playgrounds. Cites research related to each of…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Elementary Education, Learning Activities