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Introduction to physical play

Introducing the concept of physical play and why it is important.

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  • The importance of physical play
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Physical play's the first type
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of play to emerge.
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It's also the first to have evolved,
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but the least researched
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and most neglected by educators.
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However, young children clearly love it.
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Children quickly need to become adept
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at using their bodies,
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and in-built psychological drives mean
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they want to become autonomous
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and do things for themselves.
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We're going to look at the importance
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of physical play for both gross
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and fine motor development,
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its relationship to confidence, well-being,
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and happiness, how it encourages self-regulation
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and social learning, and most importantly,
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how to effectively support and promote it.