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The Genius of Play

Celebrating the spirit of childhood


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SKU: 9781903458044 ISBN: 9781903458044


Children move like quick fire from the fantastic to the everyday, when free to express the genius of play. The Genius of Play addresses what play is, why it matters, and how modern life endangers children’s play. Here is an outspoken Children’s Play Charter for parents and teachers, which celebrates the playful spirit of childhood. Sally Jenkinson asks:

  • What do children express in their play?
  • How does play develop empathy and social skills?
  • How are children influenced by inappropriate toys, TV and consumerism?
  • How does play develop children’s imaginations?
  • Why do children need adults who encourage play?
  • How do lively childhood players become creative adult thinkers?

Sally Jenkinson is an advocate for the importance of children’s play. Mother and former Steiner Waldorf kindergarten teacher, Sally lectures, writes and advises on early childhood issues. She is a founder member of the Alliance for Childhood.

“A refreshing and exciting examination of the critical role that pretending may represent for the child and the later adult.” —Jerome L Singer, Yale University

“Book of genius, which celebrates childhood magically and enchantingly by capturing its spirit throughout …” —Diane Rich, Early Education

“Everyone who takes an interest in the lives of young children, in their being and becoming, will want to attend to what Sally Jenkinson is telling us. This is a beautiful and important book.” —Mary Jane Drummond, formerly University of Cambridge

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Weight0.322 kg

Sally Jenkinson





224 pages


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