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Big Body Play: Why Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play Is Essential to Children's Development and Learning

Frances M. Carlson
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“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. Also learn how to organize the physical environment, set rules and policies, and supervise the play. 
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"[Carlson] masterfully uses scholarly research to paint a picture of what this big body play looks like . . .  and to catalog the potential benefits for children of engaging in physical, active play. . . . I recommend this book wholeheartedly to my fellow early-childhood educators."
— Review by Brenda Boyd, Washington State University in the American Journal of Play, Spring 2013