Lev Vygotsky: Play and its Role in the Mental Development of the Child

Despite his premature death at the age of just 37, Lev Vygotsky is widely considered as one of the leading developmental psychologists of the 20th century. In addition to his seminal contribution to the relationship between language and thought, Lev Vygotsky also put forward ideas regarding the psychology of play, in particular the process of self-regulation through creative play.

This classic article which was orginally given in the form of a speech provides several key insights into Lev Vygotsky's theories of play.

In play, a child is always above his average age, above his daily behavior; in play, it is as though he were a head taller than himself (Lev Vygotsky 1896-1934)

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