Play is essential to the social development of children. It has a natural tool for children to develop resiliency and social tie. Two questions and two hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The population of the study was 1,600 teachers from which a sample of 150 teachers was drawn. A 25-item questionnaire developed by the researcher was employed to obtain the needed data from the sample. The instrument was validated by experts with a reliability of 0.65. The data obtained were subjected to PPMC at P = .05 for results. Data analysis yielded significant relationships between associative play, cooperative play and social development. Based on the findings and conclusion, the researcher recommended that caregivers and __significant adults__ rather than caging the pupils should encourage associative and cooperative play.
Esther Chinedu Wordu, Federal College of Education, Nigeria
Monica Wosowei, Federal College of Education, Nigeria
Ezekiel Onwubuche Achinihi, Federal College of Education, Nigeria
Stream: Education: social justice and social change
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