Russ, S. W. (2003). Play and creativity: Developmental issues. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 47(3), 291-303.
Reviewed by Angela Barker
Georgia State University
“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.”
Loris Malaguzzi (20th c.) Italian early education specialist.
Research indicates a close relationship between play and creativity due to their shared cognitive and affective processes (Russ, 1993; 1996). Play and pretend-play are characterized by the use of one's imagination and expressive abilities. Pretend-play is symbolic and involves, through the manifestation of one's imagination, the pretense that an object or person is really something or someone else (Fein, 1987; Russ, 1993; Singer & Singer, 1990). Creativity is typified by the generation of new ideas or divergent thinking (Guilford, 1968) and the ability to think about…