Overflowing energy, spontaneous activity, characterize the behavior of young creatures and insure the freedom of response necessary for adequate development. The process of integration and coordination of sensory experiences and movements into more complicated wholes is designated as play. Objects which serve to increase the radius of activity arc called playthings. Since these materials of play are drawn from the environment, they are limited, consciously or unconsciously, by those adults who determine what the surroundings of the child shall be. It is by the use of these materials that the child secures an immediate knowledge of objects, of facts which form a basis for thinking, finds both scope and curb for imagination and develops initiative in seeking further experiences. It is through the use of these materials, also, that the developing individual satisfies certain hungers: for movement, for sensory and perceptive experiences, for mastery of both material and living objects, for change, for repetition until the possibilities of a given experience have been exhausted.
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Wagoner, Lovisa C.
"The Psychological Appeal of Home Made Playthings,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 33(1), 263-267.
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