Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Play has always been a part of human lives, regardless of which historical time we live in. All of us probably have certain memories of childhood play as well as adulthood play. Adults' memory of childhood play will differ from that of today's children, especially in the amount, space, and materials of play used during early childhood. Today's children likely play with different toys compared with the toys adults used when they were young. The forms of play may be different; however, all humans are born to play and need to play to sustain the quality and balance of their lives. Regardless of the differences in the play experience between children and adults today, the question of whether adults should co-play with children and how they should co-play have been ongoing questions for early childhood educators. Today, many parents are pressured with higher academic demands at earlier ages in their ...