Imaginative Play and Cognitive Development This is the point where imaginative play comes into Vygotsky’s theory of cognitive development. Adults may see children engaging in imaginative play, pretending to be pirates or princesses, and think that it’s just a fun way that children entertain themselves. Apr 20, · This is because adult learning is focused. In the adult learning process, this theory insists on the cognitive development of the learners. The content of learning must not be too difficult for the learners to understand. Adults easily learn how to learn by themselves and the learning model used should facilitate their self-directed learning.
All this supports the statement, that block play is very beneficial not only for physical, emotional and social development, but also for cognitive, as it includes symbolization and representation, directionality, the process of making comparisons, classification, following sequence and supports divergent thinking and logical reasoning. Apr 18, · Children aged 11 and older still play, but their play is likely to be more formalized -- in the form of sports, for example. This reflects what Piaget called the formal operations stage, where the child is functioning similarly to an adult in many ways, with more structure and rules in her play, and probably less of the imaginative element 1.
Nov 15, · But play is just as pivotal for adults as it is for kids. “We don’t lose the need for novelty and pleasure as we grow up,” according to Scott G. Eberle, Ph.D, vice president for play Author: Margarita Tartakovsky, MS.