An NAEYC Online Event
Frances Carlson responded to a selection of questions and comments during an online event from June 20–24, 2011. Read the questions and her responses below!
Rolling, running, climbing, chasing, pushing, banging, tagging, falling, tumbling, rough-and-tumble, rowdy, roughhousing, horseplay, play-fighting. These are just some of the names that adults give to the boisterous, large motor, very physical activity that young children naturally seem to crave. All are forms of big body play—a play style that gives children the opportunities they need for optimum development across all domains from physical to cognitive and language to social and emotional.
— Frances Carlson