Modern problems of children’s play: cultural-historical context

Nikolay E. Veraksa, Nikolay N. Veresov, Alexsandr N. Veraksa, Vera L. Sukhihk

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


The purpose of this article is to analyze the state of modern research on children’s play, approaches to its study, as well as existing methods of its evaluation. The relevance of the topic is due to the leading role of the play in preschool childhood and the complexity of this phenomenon. Play is actively studied, and play interventions are often used. However, the analysis of the literature shows confusion and uncertainty of terminology due to a large spread of theoretical positions and methodological approaches to the study of play. This creates great difficulties in planning and conducting research, and affects their results. The article deals with the issues of defining and classifying play, understanding its structure and development. The main trends of modern research and their connection with classical game theories, the role of cultural-historical approach and the contribution of E.O. Smirnova to the study of play are shown.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-70
Number of pages11
JournalCultural-Historical Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • preschool
  • children’s play
  • pretend play
  • development of play
  • structure of play
  • play theory
  • cultural-historical approach
  • playful learning
  • methods of play evaluation

Cite this