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Allee-Herndon, K. A., Dillman Taylor, D., & Roberts, S. K. (2019). Putting play in its place: presenting a continuum to decrease mental health referrals and increase purposeful play in classrooms. International Journal of Play, 8(2), 186-203.

Allee-Herndon, K. A., & Roberts, S. K. (2021). The power of purposeful play in primary grades: Adjusting pedagogy for children’s needs and academic gains. Journal of Education, 201(1), 54-63.

Allee-Herndon, K. A., Roberts, S. K., Hu, B., Clark, M. H., & Stewart, M. L. (2022). Let’s talk play! Exploring the possible benefits of play-based pedagogy on language and literacy learning in two Title I kindergarten classrooms. Early Childhood Education Journal, 50(1), 119-132.

Beavis, C., Dezuanni, M., & O'Mara, J. (Eds.). (2017). Serious play: Literacy, learning and digital games. Taylor & Francis.

Berk, L. E. (2018). The role of make-believe play in development of self-regulation. Play-based learning, 12.

Brooker, L. (2017). Learning to play or playing to learn? Children’s participation in the cultures of homes and settings. In G. Goodliff, N. Canning, J. Parry, and L. Miller’s Young children’s play and creativity: Multiple voices, (pp.14-25). A David Fulton Book.

Brown, S. (2008). Play is more than just fun. [Video]. (0:26:27). TEDTalks. of_play#t-2074

Brown, T. (2008, November 10). Tim Brown: Tales of creativity and play. [Video]. (0:27:59). YouTube.

Bruner, J. S., Jolly, A., & Sylva, K. (1976). Play: Its role in development and evolution. Basic Books.

Buijs-Spanjers, K. R., Hegge, H. H., Cnossen, F., Jaarsma, D. A., & de Rooij, S. E. (2020). Reasons to engage in and learning experiences from different play strategies in a web-based serious game on delirium for medical students: Mixed methods design. JMIR Serious Games, 8(3), e18479.

Cambridge EDUC. (2019, July 2). Learning to play and playing to learn. [Video] (7:31:09). YouTube.

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child. (n.d.). Play in early childhood: The role of play in any setting. [Video]. (0:8:11).

Cohen, D. (2018). The development of play. Routledge.

Colby, R. S., & Colby, R. (2008). A pedagogy of play: Integrating computer games into the writing classroom.  Computers and Composition, 25(3), 300-312.

Colliver, Y., Arguel, A., & Parrila, R. (2020). Formal literacy practices through play: exposure to adult literacy practices increases child-led learning and interest. International Journal of Early Years Education, 1-19.

Colliver, Y., & Arguel, A. (2018). Following in our footsteps: how adult demonstrations of literacy and numeracy can influence children’s spontaneous play and improve learning outcomes. Early Child Development and Care, 188(8), 1093-1108.

Danniels, E., & Pyle, A. (2018). Defining play-based learning. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development.

Dauch, C., Imwalle, M., Ocasio, B., & Metz, A. E. (2018). The influence of the number of toys in the environment on toddlers’ play. Infant Behavior and Development, 50, 78-87.

de Freitas, S. (2018). Are games effective learning tools? A review of educational games. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 21(2), 74-84.

Deák, G. O., Krasno, A. M., Jasso, H., & Triesch, J. (2018). What leads to shared attention? Maternal cues and infant responses during object play. Infancy, 23(1), 4-28.

Defending the Early Years. (2019, September 23). How play is learning. [Video]. (0:2:35). YouTube.

Diamant-Cohen, B., & Scherrer, K. (2019). Research roundup: Resources on play. Children & Libraries, 17(2), 38.

Drisko, J., Corvino, P., Kelly, L., & Nielson, J. (2020). Is individual child play therapy effective? Research on Social Work Practice, 30(7), 715-723.

Duncan, L. G., Gollek, C., & Potter, D. D. (2020). eLIPS: Development and validation of an observational tool for examining early language in play settings. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1813.

Ebbeck, M., & Waniganayake, M. (2017). Play in early childhood education: Learning in diverse contexts. Oxford University Press.

Fasano, M. C., Glerean, E., Gold, B. P., Sheng, D., Sams, M., Vuust, P., Rauschecker, J. P., Brattico, E. (2020). Inter-subject similarity of brain activity in expert musicians after multimodal learning: A behavioral and neuroimaging study on learning to play a piano sonata. Neuroscience, 441, 102-116.

Ferrara, K., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Newcombe, N. S., Golinkoff, R. M., & Lam, W. S. (2011). Block talk: Spatial language during block play. Mind Brain Education, 5(3), 143-151.

Fesseha, E., & Pyle, A. (2016). Conceptualising play-based learning from kindergarten teachers’ perspectives.  International Journal of Early Years Education, 24(3), 361-377.

Goldin, A. P., Hermida, M. J., Shalom, D. E., Costa, M. E., Lopez-Rosenfeld, M., Segretin, M. S., Fernández-Slezak, Lipina, S. J., & Sigman, M. (2014). Far transfer to language and math of a short software-based gaming intervention. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(17), 6443-6448.

Golinkoff, R. (2018, December 6). Where play and learning can meet. [Video]. (0:26:14). YouTube.

Godino-Iáñez, M. J., Martos-Cabrera, M. B., Suleiman-Martos, N., Gómez-Urquiza, J. L., Vargas-Román, K., Membrive-Jiménez, M. J., & Albendín-García, L. (2020, September). Play therapy as an intervention in hospitalized children: A systematic review. In Healthcare, 8(3), 239. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute.

Graber, K. M., Byrne, E. M., Goodacre, E. J., Kirby, N., Kulkarni, K., O'Farrelly, C., & Ramchandani, P. G. (2021). A rapid review of the impact of quarantine and restricted environments on children's play and the role of play in children's health. Child: Care, Health and Development, 47(2), 143-153.

Groth, D. (2018, March 13). The importance of play in education. [Video]. (0:18:10 minutes). TEDxTalks.

Halfon, S., Doyran, M., Türkmen, B., Oktay, E. A., & Salah, A. A. (2020). Multimodal affect analysis of psychodynamic play therapy. Psychotherapy Research, 1-16.

Hamari, J., & Keronen, L. (2017). Why do people play games? A meta-analysis. International Journal of Information Management, 37(3), 125-141.

Hartwig, E. K. (2020). Solution-focused play therapy: A strengths-based clinical approach to play therapy. Routledge.

Hassinger-Das, B., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2017). The case of brain science and guided play. YC Young Children, 72(2), 45-50.

Hassinger-Das, B., Bustamante, A., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. (2018). Learning landscapes: Playing the way to learning and engagement in public spaces. Education Sciences, 8(2), 74.

Hedges, H., & Cooper, M. (2018). Relational play-based pedagogy: theorising a core practice in early childhood education. Teachers and Teaching, 24(4), 369-383.

Hirsch-Pasek, K. (2008). Brains in a box: Do new age toys deliver on the promise? In R. Harwood, Child development in a changing society, (1st ed.). Wiley Press.

Hirsch-Pasek, K. (2009). What is play...evidence. In Hirsh-Pasek, K. (Ed.), A mandate for playful learning in preschool: presenting the evidence: Applying the scientific evidence (pp. 27-42). Oxford University Press.

Hirsch-Pasek, K. (2011). Family impact seminar: Playing to learn, learning to play. [Video]. (1:20:42). YouTube.

Hirsch-Pasek, K. (2012). Play = Learning. [Slides]. Harvard University (PSYC-E1609).

Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2011). The great balancing act: Optimizing core curricula through playful pedagogy. In E. Zigler, W. Gilliam, & W. S. Barnett (Eds.), The Pre-K debates: Current controversies & issues, (pp.  110-115). Paul H. Brookes Publishing.

Holmes, R. M., Gardner, B., Kohm, K., Bant, C., Ciminello, A., Moedt, K., & Romeo, L. (2019). The relationship between young children’s language abilities, creativity, play, and storytelling. Early Child Development and Care, 189(2), 244-254.

Howard‐Jones, P., Demetriou, S., Bogacz, R., Yoo, J. H., & Leonards, U. (2011). Toward a science of learning games. Mind, Brain, and Education, 5(1), 33-41.

Hunter, J., Syversen, K. B., Graves, C., & Bodensteiner, A. (2020). Balancing outdoor learning and play: Adult perspectives of teacher roles and practice in an outdoor classroom. International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 7(2), 34-50. ISSN: 2331-0464.

Ilgaz, H., Hassinger-Das, B., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2018). Making the case for playful learning. In M. Fleer, B. van Oers (Eds.), International handbook of early childhood education, (pp. 1245-1263).

Jelic, A., Martin, M., Laursen, L. H., Tvedebrink, T. D. O., Fich, L. B., & Oehlwein, L. I. (2020). Children, play, and the built environment: What can we learn from co-creation and embodied cognitive science? Research Journal, CoC Playful Minds.

Jensen, H., Pyle, A., Zosh, J. M., Ebrahim, H. B., Scherman, A. Z., Reunamo, J., & Hamre, B. K. (2019). Play facilitation: the science behind the art of engaging young children. The LEGO Foundation.

Kangas, M., Koskinen, A., & Krokfors, L. (2017). A qualitative literature review of educational games in the classroom: the teacher’s pedagogical activities. Teachers and Teaching, 23(4), 451-470.

Kangas, M., Siklander, P., Randolph, J., & Ruokamo, H. (2017). Teachers' engagement and students' satisfaction with a playful learning environment. Teaching and Teacher Education, 63, 274-284.

Karakoç, B., Eryilmaz, K., Özpolat, E. T., & Yildirim, I. (2020). The effect of game-based learning on student achievement: A meta-analysis study. Technology, Knowledge and Learning.

Keil, S. (2011). Steve Keil: A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond. [Video]. (0:17:56). TEDTalks.

Kessel, J. (2018). Let our children play: The importance of play in early childhood education. University of Montana Journal of Early Childhood Scholarship and Innovative Practice, 2(1), Article 5, 1-7.

Korn, O., Rees, A., & Dix, A. (2017, March). Designing a system for playful coached learning in the STEM curriculum. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Workshop on Intelligent Interfaces for Ubiquitous and Smart Learning (pp. 31-37). ACM.

Kortjass, M. (2019). Reflective self-study for an integrated learning approach to early childhood mathematics teacher education. South African Journal of Childhood Education, 9(1), 11.

 Langan, A. M., & Smart, F. (2018). Playful learning. Research in Learning Technology, 26.

Lew-Williams, C. (2016, August 8). Fostering successful learning in the first 1000 days of life. [Video]. (0:5:34). YouTube.

Lillard, A. S. (2013). Playful learning and Montessori Education. American Journal of Play, 5(2), 157-186.

Lillard, A S., Lerner, M. D., Hopkins, E. J., Dore, R. A., Smith, E. D., & Palmquist, C. M. (2013). The impact of pretend play on children's development: A review of the evidence. Psychological Bulletin, 139(1), 1-34.

Lillard, A. S., Pinkham, A. M., & Smith, E. (2011). Pretend play and cognitive development. The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of childhood cognitive development, 32, 285.

Liu, C., Solis, S. L., Jensen, H., Hopkins, E., Neale, D., Zosh, J., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Whitebread, D. (2017). Neuroscience and learning through play: A review of the evidence. The LEGO Foundation.

Lupetti, M., Yao, Y., Mi, H., & Germak, C. (2017). Design for children’s playful learning with robots. Future Internet, 9(3), 52.

Mariani, I., & Ackermann, J. (2016). Fun by design: The game design activity and its iterative process as (playful) learning practices. Conjunctions, 3(1). https://DOI.ORG/10.7146/TJCP.V3I1.22070

Mascheroni, G., Livingstone, S., Dreier, M., & Chaudron, S. (2016). Learning versus play or learning through play? How parents’ imaginaries, discourses and practices around ICTs shape children’s (digital) literacy practices. Media Education, Studies and Research, 7(2), 261-280.

McGonigal, J. (2011). Reality is broken: Why games make us better and how they can change the world. Penguin.

McInnes, K. (2019). Playful learning in the early years–through the eyes of children. Early Years, 31(2), 1-10.

McInnes, K., Howard, J., Miles, G., & Crowley, K. (2011). Differences in practitioners’ understanding of play and how this influences pedagogy and children’s perceptions of play. Early Years, 31(2), 121-133.

Meany-Walen, K. K. (2020). The current state of Adlerian play therapy published research. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 76(2), 176-186.

Merkley, R., & Ansari, D. (2018). Foundations for learning: Guided play for Early Years maths education. Profession, 18(19), 19.

Mustola, M., Koivula, M., Turja, L., & Laakso, M. L. (2018). Reconsidering passivity and activity in children’s digital play. New Media & Society, 20(1), 237-254.

Nilsson, M., Ferholt, B., & Lecusay, R. (2018). ‘The playing-exploring child’: Reconceptualizing the relationship between play and learning in early childhood education. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 19(3), 231-245.

Nørgård, R. T., Toft-Nielsen, C., & Whitton, N. (2017). Playful learning in higher education: Developing a signature pedagogy. International Journal of Play, 6(3), 272-282.

Ocobock, C., Lynn, C. D., Sarma, M., & Gettler, L. T. (2020). Organized adult play and stress reduction: Testing the absorption hypothesis in a comedy improv theater. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 6(4), 436-446.

Oktaviani, H. I., Cholifah, P. S., Slamet, T. I., & Gunawan, I. (2018, October). Teacher's perceptions of playful learning implementation using C-SVM Approach. In 2018 4th International Conference on Education and Technology (ICET) (pp. 28-31). IEEE.

Ong, I. (2020). Play and flow: Harnessing flow through the power of play in adult learning. In Diversifying learner experience (pp. 137-155). Springer.

Ontario Science Center. (2017, September 15). How to get into play-based learning: Part 1 - what is play? [Video]. (0:5:04). YouTube.

Orr, E. (2020). Object play as a mediator of the role of exploration in communication skills development. Infant Behavior and Development, 60, 101467.

Owen, V. E., & Hughes, D. (2019). Bridging two worlds: Principled game-based assessment in industry for playful learning at scale. In Game-based assessment revisited (pp. 229-256). Springer.

Paes, T. M., & Ellefson, M. R. (2018). Pretend play and the development of children’s language skills.  Profession, 18, 19.

Parker, R., & Thomsen, B. S. (2019). Learning through play at school: A study of playful integrated pedagogies that foster children’s holistic skills development in the primary school classroom. The Lego Foundation.

Pinchover, S. (2017). The relation between teachers’ and children’s playfulness: a pilot study. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 2214.

Plaat, A. (2020). Learning to play: Reinforcement learning and games. Springer Nature.

Public Instruction. (2019). Early childhood education and the importance of play. [Video]. (0:03:59).

Pyle, A., & Alaca, B. (2018). Kindergarten children's perspectives on play and learning. Early Child Development and Care, 188(8), 1063-1075.

Pyle, A., & Danniels, E. (2017). A continuum of play-based learning: The role of the teacher in play-based pedagogy and the fear of hijacking play. Early Education and Development, 28(3), 274-289.

Quinn, S., Donnelly, S., & Kidd, E. (2018). The relationship between symbolic play and language acquisition: A meta-analytic review. Developmental Review, 49, 121-135.

Ray, D. C., Burgin, E., Gutierrez, D., Ceballos, P., & Lindo, N. (2021). Child‐centered play therapy and adverse childhood experiences: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Counseling & Development, 100(2), 134-145.

Reaney, M. J. (2019). The place of play in education. Routledge.

Reed, J., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. (2012). Drawing on the arts: Less-traveled paths towards a science of learning? In A. Pinkham, T. Kaefer, & S. Neuman (Eds), Knowledge development in early childhood. How young children build knowledge and why it matters (pp. 71-90). Guildford Press.

Resnick, M., & Robinson, K. (2017). Lifelong kindergarten: Cultivating creativity through projects, passion, peers, and play. The MIT Press.

Ring, E., & O’Sullivan, L. (2017). Only four parents mentioned play: Implications from a national school readiness study in Ireland for children’s learning in the early years of primary school. Learn, Journal of the Irish Learning Support Association, 39, 51-59.

Rogowsky, B. A., Terwilliger, C. C., Young, C. A., & Kribbs, E. E. (2018). Playful learning with technology: The effect of computer-assisted instruction on literacy and numeracy skills of preschoolers. International Journal of Play, 7(1), 60-80.

Rose Ru-Whui, L., Sung, Y., & Chang, K. (2013). Game-induced learning effect: A cognitive neuroscience perspective. In Proceedings of the 2013 International Conference on Information, Business and Education Technology (ICIBET 2013). Atlantis Press.

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Rowe, M. L., Salo, V. C., & Rubin, K. (2018). Toward creativity: Do theatrical experiences improve pretend play and cooperation among preschoolers? American Journal of Play, 10(2), 193-207.

Ruipérez-Valiente, J. A., & Kim, Y. J. (2020). Effects of solo vs. collaborative play in a digital learning game on geometry: Results from a K12 experiment. Computers & Education, 159, Article 104008.

Samuelsson, R. (2020). Guiding preschool play for cultural learning: Preschool design as cultural niche construction. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 2541.

Saeed, S. (2017). Learning through play: Shahneila Saeed. [Video]. (0:13:38). TEDxTalks.

Samuelsson, R. (2023). Leveraging play for learning and development: Incorporating cultural‐evolutionary insights into early educational practices. Mind, Brain, and Education, 17(2), 75-85.

Sawyer, J. (2017). I think I can: Preschoolers’ private speech and motivation in playful versus non-playful contexts. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 38, 84-96.

Sessa, P. G., Bogunovic, I., Kamgarpour, M., & Krause, A. (2020). Learning to play sequential games versus unknown opponents. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 33.

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Tan, J. W., & Zary, N. (2019). Diagnostic markers of user experience, play, and learning for digital serious games: A conceptual framework study. JMIR Serious Games, 7(3), Article, e14620.

Taylor, M. E., & Boyer, W. (2020). Play-based learning: Evidence-based research to improve children’s learning experiences in the kindergarten classroom. Early Childhood Education Journal, 48(2), 127-133.

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Timotheou, S., & Ioannou, A. (2019, September). On making, tinkering, coding and play for learning: A review of current research. In IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (pp. 217-232). Springer.

Toh, W., & Lim, F. V. (2020). Using video games for learning: Developing a metalanguage for digital play. Games and Culture.

Toub, T. S., Rajan, V., Golinkoff, R. M., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2016). Guided play: A solution to the play versus learning dichotomy. In Evolutionary perspectives on child development and education (pp. 117-141). Springer.

Turner, J. C., Cawley, J., Richard, B., Kirk, S., & Stone, M. (2018). Early childhood education: Need for collaborative outdoor play learning strategies. In Healthy Living, Healthy Life Conference Proceedings (Vol. 1, No. 1).

Vygotsky, L. S. (2016). Play and its role in the mental development of the child. International Research in Early Childhood Education, 7(2), 3-25.

Waller, T., Ärlemalm-Hagsér, E., Sandseter, E. B. H., Lee-Hammond, L., Lekies, K., & Wyver, S. (Eds.). (2017). The SAGE handbook of outdoor play and learning. Sage.

Walsh, G., McMillan, D., & McGuinness, C. (Eds.). (2017). Playful teaching and learning. Sage.

Wang, X., Woolley, H., Tang, Y., Liu, H. Y., & Luo, Y. (2018). Young children's and adults' perceptions of natural play spaces: A case study of Chengdu, southwestern China. Cities, 72, 173-180.

Wasik, B. A., & Jacobi-Vessels, J. L. (2017). Word play: Scaffolding language development through child-directed play. Early Childhood Education Journal, 45(6), 769-776.

Weisberg, D. S., & Zosh, J. M. (2018). How guided play promotes early childhood learning. Play-based Learning, 26, 26-51.

Weisberg, D. S., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M., Kittredge, A. K., & Klahr, D. (2016). Guided play: Principles and practices. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 25(3), 177-182.

Weisberg, D. S., Hirsh‐Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2013). Guided play: Where curricular goals meet a playful pedagogy. Mind, Brain, and Education, 7(2), 104-112.

Westby, C. (2017). Relationships between pretend play in preschool and later language skills. Word of Mouth, 29(1), 9-11.

Westby, C., & Wilson, D. (2017). Using pretend play to promote foundations for text comprehension. Topics in Language Disorders, 37(3), 282-301.

Whitebread, D., Neale, D., Jensen, H., Liu, C., Solis, S. L., Hopkins, E., Hirsh-Pasek, K. & Zosh, J. (2017). The role of play in children's development: a review of the evidence. LEGO Fonden.

Whitebread, D. (2018). Play: The new renaissance. International Journal of Play, 7(3), 237-243.

Whitton, N. (2018). Playful learning: Tools, techniques, and tactics. Research in Learning Technology, 26. Article 2035, 1-12.

Whitton, N., & Moseley, A. (Eds.). (2019). Playful learning: Events and activities to engage adults. Routledge.

Winthrop, R., Ziegler, L., Handa, R., & Fakoya, F. (2019). How playful learning can help leapfrog progress in education. Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution.

Woods, A. (Ed.). (2017). Child-initiated play and learning: Planning for possibilities in the early years. Taylor & Francis.

Yogman, M., Garner, A., Hutchinson, J., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M., & Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health. (2018). The power of play: A pediatric role in enhancing development in young children. Pediatrics, 142(3), e20182058.

Yu, Y., Shafto, P., Bonawitz, E., Yang, S. C. H., Golinkoff, R. M., Corriveau, K. H., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Xu, F. (2018). The theoretical and methodological opportunities afforded by guided play with young children. Frontiers in Psychology, 9.

Zosh, J. M., Hirsh-Pasek, K., & Golinkoff, R. M. (2018). Playing to learn mathematics. Play-based learning, 34-51.

Zosh, J. M., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R. M., & Dore, R. A. (2017). Where learning meets creativity: The promise of guided play. In Creative Contradictions in Education (pp. 165-180). Springer.

Zosh, J. M., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Hopkins, E. J., JJensen, H., Liu, C., Neale, D., Lynneth Solis, S., & Whitebread, D. (2018). Accessing the inaccessible: Redefining play as a spectrum. Frontiers in Psychology, 9.

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