Play Matters Review in Fairfax Pakenham Journal Newspaper 3/08

Play Matters:
Kathy Walker
ACER Press

MELBOURNE-based author KathyWalker highlights the critical role of play for children’s cognitive development in her latest release, Play Matters.

The resource takes the approach that play is part of the learning and work of children and should not just be viewed as a reward.

The book serves well as a handbook for teachers and parents. It has plenty of clear and practical examples on strategies to include creativity, open-ended tasks, dramatic play and handsonlearning into every day.

It recognises that children’s learning and development are not only a product of their biological make-up but are also shaped and influenced by their environment.

Play Matters is ideally suited for school-aged children from prep to grade 2.
—Elisa Miller