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Play Is More Than Fun - Stuart Brown
At A Glance - Social Class
Statistics Canada (2010)
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Childhood & Consumerism
"Homo sapiens have long distinguished themselves by their use of and desire for material objects, and human social environments have long worked to support these tendencies to consume. It seems safe to say however, that never before in humankind’s history has our drive toward materialism and consumption been afforded such opportunity for expression and satisfaction.” (Couchman, Kasser, Richard & Sheldon, 2003, p. 11)
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imagination and create the story and the props in an imaginary world. Though they may not realize it while they are having fun, this stimulates many parts of the brain and develops different skills that will be useful to them at a later age. However, a child who is given many toys and other gadgets such as video games may be less likely to use this form of play, depriving them of an important aspect of play. Children are not aware of it, but there are different types of play that can be beneficial to their development in different ways:
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The Connection Between Social Class and Play
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Final Note - Operation Around The World
Operation Christmas Child has collected and distributed over 100 million shoebox gifts worldwide. In 2012, Canadians donated more than 662,000 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for hurting children around the world. Organizations like this give opportunities for children in areas of extreme poverty to receive things such as little toys and hygiene products and as well as books. As a non-profit organization it relies on the generosity of Canadians to donate toys and other supplies.
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