Year 2017, Volume 5 , Issue 1, Pages 23 - 36 2017-03-06

Play as a Manifestation of Children’s Imagination and Creativity

Ayman ALJARRAH [1]


This theoretical paper sheds light on the interrelatedness between play, imagination, and creativity, and the importance of realizing this interrelatedness in early childhood education. Based on a thoughtful review of relevant literature, I suggest that children’s play manifests and prompts their imagination and creativity. In addition, I argue that play is a fundamental element in teaching and learning that has the potential to change the classroom environment into an expansive and creative environment. In that space, we can see a real educative play that can “engage, intrigue, interest, puzzle, and enchant” (Jardine et al, 2003, p. 22). Imagination, play, and creativity are necessarily interrelated and interwoven as one fabric; they complete and prompt each other, and together they support learning, opening the door to the possible and the not-yet experienced.

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Primary Language en
Journal Section Creativity
Authors

Author: Ayman ALJARRAH (Primary Author)
Institution: University of Calgary, Educational Research/ Curriculum and Learning
Country: Canada


Dates

Publication Date : March 6, 2017

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APA Aljarrah, A . (2017). Play as a Manifestation of Children’s Imagination and Creativity . Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists , 5 (1) , 23-36 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/jegys/issue/37330/431807
MLA Aljarrah, A . "Play as a Manifestation of Children’s Imagination and Creativity" . Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists 5 (2017 ): 23-36 <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/jegys/issue/37330/431807>
Chicago Aljarrah, A . "Play as a Manifestation of Children’s Imagination and Creativity". Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists 5 (2017 ): 23-36
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Vancouver Aljarrah A . Play as a Manifestation of Children’s Imagination and Creativity. Journal for the Education of Gifted Young Scientists. 2017; 5(1): 23-36.