"Big body play" — the sometimes rowdy, always very physical running, rolling, climbing, tagging, jumping, grabbing, and wrestling that most children love and many adults try to shut down — can and should be an integral part of every early childhood setting. Drawing from evidence-based practice and the latest research, this book explains the multitude of benefits of big body play for young children's social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development. You will also learn how to organize the physical environment, set rules and policies, and supervise the play.
"Everyone benefits when big body play is accepted as developmental and is supervised by knowledgeable adults. Big Body Play is a wonderful resource, a straightforward guide to assist teachers in understanding and promoting rough-and-tumble play. Such play is one of the first steps children take in development of the physical skills they will need to be physically active throughout life."
Stephen Sanders, author of Active for Life: Developmentally Appropriate Movement Programs for Young Children
How I Came to Write This Book . . . and Why it is Needed
Chapter 1: What is “Big Body Play”?
Chapter 2: Benefits of Play, and Big Body Play in Particular
Chapter 3: Strategies for Implementing Big Body Play