Learning Through Play: 3-5 Years

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Ben Shoots Pool in a Groove
By using parallel cue sticks to build a ramp, Ben creates an unconventional way to get the balls into a hole. Uncle George and Ben talk about how to aim…
Why Children Play Follow- Me
What motivates 3-year old children to play the repetitive game of following one another in a circle? And can we find the children's cleverness here? For example, notice how some…
Pretend Washing
When children act out a scene in pretend play, they let us know a great deal about their understanding of the physical and social world. In this clip you will…
Can Three-Year-Olds Teach?
Max cannot zip his purse. Justin announces, "I will teach him." As Justin starts to zip his own purse he tells Max, "Now watch this. I can do it. Hold…
The Story Wins the Day
Corbin is having a little trouble making the ramp with the marble block ramps, so Annie helps. She sees what piece and placement he needs. But as he continues to…
Filling an Ice Tray Together
In this short clip, three four-year-old children spontaneously subtask their efforts to fill an ice tray with water and carry it to the freezer. The transcript in the pdf speculates…
Bottomless Boxes are Better
Evan (in yellow) and Alex (in red) rearrange a few bottomless wooden boxes into a changing variety of play props that have qualitatively different functions: a train to sit in,…
Breaking to Build
This video demonstrates the unique dynamics of collaborative efforts between children Dusk and his friends want to build a track for their racecars. The children see a line of chairs…
Photographs as Plans Rather than Records
Six boys meet to rebuild a block structure that was photographed the day before. They do not have enough long blocks to finish the roof. They look at the photographs…
Why Children Make Play Challenging
Using two gym mats, the boys pretend to jump over a crevice flowing with hot lava. By degrees they increase the gap between the mats, increasing the danger and fun…
Pretend You Like Me
In this classic example of, "May I play with you?" Miles uses pretense in order to gain acceptance into Hannah and Jacey's play. He recognizes Hannah as the leader and…

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