- A sciencing programme and young childrenʼs exploratory play in the sandpit
- The European Journal of Developmental Psychology
- Volume | Issue number
- 7 | 5
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Research Institute of Child Development and Education (RICDE)
A six-week sciencing programme, directed at stimulating exploratory play, was implemented with 2- and 3-year-olds in a day-care centre. The core of the programme consisted of guided play with children in the centre’s sandpit. The effectiveness of the programme was determined with ecologically valid methods consisting of pre- and post-observations of children’s exploratory behaviour during free sandpit play in the experimental group as well as in a control group. A systematic observation scheme for exploratory play, the Exploratory Play Scale, was used for this purpose. The experimental group showed an increase in level of exploratory play from pre- to post-observations,
while the control group did not. This study shows that a small-scale sciencing programme can have an effect on children’s level of free exploratory play.
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