B. Swaroopa Rani
Abstract: Play is a natural medium of learning, all children play regardless of age or delay. Children get information through play activities about objects and people, practice new skills, create situations they can deal with and control, gain confidence in their own abilities and learn to solve problems. Play is essential to the development of a normal, well adjusted personality. Play is necessary in childs life thus the present study was undertaken To study the Play preferences of preschool children in settings of school and home Sample consist of 60 children from 3 classes of Laboratory Nursery school, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. An observation schedule was prepared by investigator, in order to note the play preferences of preschool children. Results revealed from the study were significant association was observed between the age and gender of children in relation with play preferences during indoor and outdoor activities. As the age increases, child prefer for group play rather than solitary play. Boys were found more constructive and exploratory whereas girls were more creative and constructive. Children who were sharing toys with siblings at home preferred group play rather than solitary play in school.
Keywords: Play preferences, Preschool play Play at Home Importance of Play, Types of Play