Cognitive Domain and Physical Domain Discussion

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Physical Domain:

1.) Play supports the development of play because it contributes to the physical development and health throughout the child’s life.

2.) An example of how play has supported the physical domain: Anna went to the playground on recess with her class. Anna and three of her friends ran around the play yard playing tag. Anna quickly stepped up the latter to the slide, so she was not caught.

3.) “Children at play develop physical competence efficiently and comprehensively. The vigorous activity of children’s spontaneous play builds the strength, stamina, and skills they need to succeed as learners” (Feeney, Moravcik, & Nolte, 2019, p.305).

Cognitive Domain:

1.) Play supports the positive cognitive development of a child by developing skills for learning and problem solving. Children learn to set goals and focus on ways to organize their approach to solve the problem.

2.) Ben had a variety of playdoh in different colors. His mom took out a little of each color and rolled them into balls. Ben had to match each color to the corresponding color. He saw there were different shades of each color. He would set one shade of pink on one and realized that it did not match. He continued to place the playdoh ball on each set of pink until he got them all correct.  

3.) “Constructive play, typical of the toddler, is the mode we use throughout life for discovering and practicing how to use unfamiliar tools and materials” (Feeney, Moravcik, & Nolte, 2019, p. 307).

Social/Emotional Domain:

1.) Play supports the positive social/emotional development of a child to resolve any internal conflicts such as anger, hostility, frustration and resolve any personal problems which the real world offers no apparent solutions. By playing they feel in control over their environment.

2.) An example of how play has supported the social/emotional domain: Zach and Anna were playing with Anna’s barbies outside. Zachary thought it would be funny to smack her barbie out of her hand and Anna talking as if she were the barbie saying, “that wasn’t nice, you hurt me.” Although Anna didn’t feel any pain, she knew that if that were to happen in real life, it would hurt and knew that was not okay.

3.) “Children at play feel they are in control of their world, practicing important skills that lead them to a sense of mastery over their environment and themselves” (Feeney, Moravcik, & Nolte, 2019, p.306). “The social competence developed in sociodramtic play leads to the development of cooperative attitudes and behaviors” (Feeney, Moravcik, & Nolte, 2019, p.306).


Feeney, S., Moravcik, E., & Nolte, S. (2019). Who am I in the lives of children?: An introduction to early childhood education. New York, NY: Pearson Education.

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