Re: [xmca] Developmental psychology and the production of a polished mud ball

From: Kiyotaka Miyazaki (
Date: Mon Jun 05 2006 - 18:36:28 PDT


This prof. Kayo is my close friend. Yes, he is famous for this mud ball
in Japan! And he is our play research expert. He studies play by
playing himself with children in preschool, which makes him very unique
in the Japanese developmental psychologists. He is studying
imaginative, or pretend play in particular, and writing monograph (in
Japanese) about one year extending Ninja play activities. It's quite
I forwarded your mail to him. If necessary, I will tell you his email

Kiyo Miyazaki
Waseda University, Japan.

On 2006/06/06, at 3:17, Lars Hennig Rossen wrote:

> XMCA'ers
> here is an odd and interesting piece on developmental psychology,
> culture
> and mud balls (!)
> "In the field of developmental psychology up to now, play that
> developed
> children's imagination and creativity, such as role playing and
> drawing, was
> deemed important. But Professor Kayo is searching for whether
> developmental
> psychology has overlooked something very important: the experimentation
> children undertake in everyday activities like eating, getting
> dressed, and
> sleeping. He feels that making shiny mud balls is a good way of
> searching
> for the essence of children's play. Kayo believes that the answers lie
> within the hearts of children, and he continues to visit the preschool
> once
> a week".
> Lars
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