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    Author(s): Anne Robertson
    Date: 1977
    Source: In: Children, Nature, and the Urban Environment: Proceedings of a Symposium-Fair; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-30. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 136-141
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    The influence of toy "realisticness" on the make-believe play of 20- and 26-month old boys and girls was studied by recording their play behaviors when they were presented with specific toys and play suggestions. Results indicate that age changes in make-believe play with the less realistic toys reflect increased competence in symbolic transformation, whereas age changes in play with the more realistic toys reflect social learning, which may differ for boys and girls.

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    Robertson, Anne 1977. A method for observing young children''s make-believe play. In: Children, Nature, and the Urban Environment: Proceedings of a Symposium-Fair; Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-30. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 136-141

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