The Role of Play in Middle Childhood
Review the Rosin article, “Hey! Parents, Leave Those Kids Alone.” This article is the basis for this discussion.
For this discussion, respond to the following prompts:
- What benefits are there for the children who visit the playground from a development perspective, and what skills are they learning?
- How does this type of play promote successful cognitive and psychosocial development in middle childhood? Use the language of cognitive and psychosocial theory.
- Would you have enjoyed spending time at a playground like the one described in the article as a child?
- Would you feel comfortable allowing your own child to play in such an environment? Explain why or why not.