“In some societies children seem to play little, but develop normally” (Smith and Cowie, 1991, p: 185) How important is play to normal psychological development?
Since the time of Plato educators and philosophers have pointed to the necessity of including play in the educational opportunities provided for young children. The value of play has been summarised by Sapora and Mitchell (1961) as ” proportionate to its power to interest the player, absorb his attention, and arouse him to enthusiastic and persistent activity.” Piaget (1951-1952) has pointed out how the child attains knowledge by means of active actions and activity. He suggested that the most natural and efficient way for a child to acquire competency in any area of his life is through activity and play. (Wilkinson, 1980)