Monday, 10 October 2011

Stages of Play

The stages of play vary as unusual stages of development are arrived. Every child go through these stages and despite the fact that they are connected to ages, children grow at unusual rate of progress and some may take some time to go through an exceptional stage.

There are four stages in young children's Play:

Solitary Play:
Toddler live in a very private word. They play things in a kind of inventive ways, exploring and trying things out.  A child is in a room full of other children , but she/he is playing alone and not paying attention to anyone. Sometimes toddlers (like us) don't want to play just for about an hour. If doing this every day, you can concern about it.

Parallel Play:
Although aware of each other's existence, children aren't able to co-operate for very long since each is still thinking egocentrically They will play alongside but not with each other.
Children are playing the same game or activity. They are playing next to each other, but they are not talking or doing the same activity.

Associative Play : 3+
Children are playing the same game, but they are not working together or connecting with one another. (Twister)
The awareness of the child is increased.

Co-operative Play: 3+
As children start to be able to take other people's wishes and needs into account they start to become more sociable. They gradually learn that co-operation can lead to new and interesting things to do and games to play. They start to be able to make "best friends" out of people who live near and have similar  interests. Although they can also "fall out"just as quickly.
In Co-operative play children working together to play a game.
(If you have only 1 peace of item you may encourage the co-operative play.)


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