International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Playing Shelter: The Reproduction of Institutional Routine in Structured Situation
Camila Lima Filocreão, Celina Maria Colino Magalhães, Luana Carramillo-Going

By playing, children represent roles, activities and elements that are part of their immediate environment and its sociocultural context. This qualitative study aims to analyze the symbolic game about a shelter in structured situation. Four children aged from five to seven years in institutional care participated in the study. During the playful sessions, a representative model of the shelter, dolls and toys were used. Overall, four 30-minute sessions were performed with each participant. "Playing shelter" was defined as the main category, whose subcategories are: "recognition of people and spaces", "representation of routine" and "relationships". The structured situation has been successful in stimulating the playful representation of institutional life, which was presented through a collective routine and rigid in timetables.

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