Classroom Images and Play


To begin, view the photo story below that shares some beautiful images of children around the world playing.

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Children Playing Around the World (Links to an external site.)

Next, choose one of the articles below to read:

  • Option 1:  Perspectives of play in three nations: A comparative study in Japan, the United States, and Sweden (Links to an external site.)
  • Option 2: Play in the kindergarten: the case of Norway, Sweden, New Zealand and Japan (the full-text version of this article can be accessed through the EBSCOhost database in the Ashford University Library).
  • Option 3: Child and Mother Play in Three U.S. Cultural Groups: Comparisons and Associations (the full-text version of this article can be accessed through the PsycARTICLES database in the Ashford University Library).

Initial Post: Based on your textbook, photo story, and article (from the table above), address the following:

  • 1. Synthesize your view of play around the world using at least two scholarly sources.
  • 2. Examine how different cultures view the role that play should have when it comes to the early childhood classroom by providing at least one example.
  • 3. Discuss how cultural values regarding play fit within Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model (Figure 1.3 in the text) and how it influences child development and play. Include at least one evidenced-based and developmentally appropriate strategy that can be used in the classroom to explain your thinking.
  • 4. Analyze how family involvement in play differs by culture and explain how can you support these differences as a leader in the field of early childhood education.
  • 5. Explain at least two conclusions can you draw about the influences of culture and family support on children’s play


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