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Gray, Peter – American Journal of Play, 2011
From an evolutionary perspective, the normal social play of children involves kids of various ages. Our human and great-ape ancestors most likely lived in small groups with low birth rates, which made play with others of nearly the same age rare. Consequently, the evolutionary functions of children's social play are best understood by examining…
Descriptors: Play, Role Models, Mixed Age Grouping, Age Differences
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Clark, Mary Kristen; Nwokah, Evangeline E. – American Journal of Play, 2010
Summer camps provide opportunities for children to experience play, pleasurable activities, and social interaction with other children of similar ages and interests and are an integral part of the modern-day American cultural landscape. The authors discuss the emergence of summer camps for children with special needs, the types of play activities…
Descriptors: Play, Summer Programs, Disabilities, Children