ece351 week 1 discussion, Psychology homework help

Discuss how the theory presented by your peer aligns with your beliefs about play. Additionally, suggest at least one additional theory that could be associated with the beliefs and values they presented in their initial posts. Provide constructive feedback to your peers. Challenge them by asking a question that may cause them to re-evaluate, or add components to the theories they chose in terms of play. 5 sentences or more.

Week 1- Discussion 1

Two of the theories of play that explain the role of play in children’s growth and development are Jean Piaget and Sara Smilansky’s focus on how children learn through play and the relationship on future academic success.

Jean Piaget’s theory of play and the sensorimotor where babies learn by reacting to what they experience through their senses. The preoperational stage is where children begin to notice properties in the objects they explore both demonstrate how children learn. Piaget taught that children refine their logic and construct an accurate understanding of the world by manipulating concrete objects (Dodge, D. T., Colker, L. J., & Heroman, C. (2002). By using Piaget’s theory I will use materials that encourage children to think, use their senses, and help them by having meaningful interactions to strengthen what they are learning.

Sara Smilansky theory distinguishes four types of play: functional, constructive, dramatic or pretend, and games with rules. In each type of play children use their senses by playing with materials that enhance exploration. Materials such as blocks, manipulative, doll houses, and sensory tables, all help children to learn. According to Smilansky, studies have shown a connection between high levels of sociodramatic play in preschool and cognitive, verbal, and social ability measures in the early elementary grades (Dodge, D. T., Colker, L. J., & Heroman, C. (2002). By using Smilansky’s theory I will implement materials carefully to help children achieve the goals they need to learn.

Through careful planning, all children—from infants through adolescents can learn concepts by way of play activities (Frost, J., Wortham, S., & Reifel, S. (2011). When children play they are using cognitive, physical, language, and social emotional skills needed for lifelong learning. Having educators that encourage, interact, and have meaningful materials for play help enhance this.


Dodge, D. T., Colker, L. J., & Heroman, C. (2002). The creative curriculum for preschool. Washington, DC: Teaching Strategies.

Frost, J., Wortham, S., & Reifel, S. (2011). Play and child development. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice-Hall.

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