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Stages Of Play During
Child Development

Stages Of Play During Child Development...

What Are The Stages Of Play During Child Development?

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.

stages of play during child development
Also, some children may want you to give them more support in other to act from one stage to the other.

More will depend on the child's feeling, as a child from a large family will find it easily to play co-operatively with more children in a nursery surrounding, but the only child of a family will find it difficult to be calm.

Play assists your child to group or class physical things according to different judgment. Through creative activities, he grows a realisation of shape, colour and form.

What Are The Skills That A Child Develop Through Play?

Through the stages of play during child development, the following skills are developed...

  • Language
  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Cognitive/Intellectual.

Language Development

With each new part of play, every new activity or toy, a fresh establishment of words will be required to explain the play that is taking place.

Play is a very strong tool for developing your child's language as play in later childhood is important on social relationships and language will be required to develop and support these. All types of play permit your child to practice his language.

Physical Development

Play can develop co-ordination and direction of your child's bodily actions as there are chances to run, hop, skip and jump which develop muscle tone and balance.

Throwing and catching assist to develop his gross and fine motor skills. Physical activities will also develop confidence in him.

Emotional Development

Play is useful as an expression for your child's feelings, both negative and positive... for instance... he may let extreme annoyance out on his toys appropriately than on other children or grown-ups, and during this will discover to direct anger helpfully.

Being the same, he may indicate love and affection during pretend play. Calm activities can demonstrate an impressive outlet for your child who requires time and space to be lonely.

Social Development

Your child will learn about for the first time to form relationships with others during play. His nursery or playgroup will assist to develop the skills needed for understanding both adults and children.

He will learn about social skills such as taking turns and sharing and will become aware of others emotions and start to be able to take those emotions into account.

Cognitive/Intellectual Development

Through play, your child develop realisation of general ideas. He's able to investigate unusual materials such as dry and wet sand, attempting something unusual in different ways and finding the answer to something difficult to deal with.

This explanation starts with your young baby playing with the toes and carries on as this develops a skill to grip objects and investigating with the mouth in a powerful manner.

He will attempt something unusual with objects that he can act or make a noise with, and so begin to realise cause and effect.

Types Of Play

Age Play Type Explanation Of The Stages Of Play During Child Development
0 - 2 Years Solitary He plays alone. There is limited interaction with other children.
2 - 2 and half Years Spectator Observe other children playing around him but will not play with them.
2 and half - 3 Years Parallel Play alongside others but will not play together with them.
3 - 4 Years Associate Starts to interact with others in their play and there may be fleeting co-operation between in play. Develops friendships and the preferences for playing with some but not all other children. Play is normally in mixed sex groups.
4 - 6+ Years Co-operative Plays together with shared aims of play with others. Play may be quite difficult and he's supportive of other children in his play. As he reaches primary school age, play is normally in single sex groups.


Age Stages Of Play During Child Development

0 - 6 months

  • Looks at adults closely.
  • Put things into mouth and touch things with his hands.
  • Plays alone with toys... for instance... rattles, shakers and banging things with both hands.

6 - 12 months

  • Explores through the mouth and hands by touching objects.
  • Looks at and imitate adults.
  • Copy movements... for instance dropping objects.
  • Likes simple games... for e.g. peek-a-boo.
  • Explore toys alone.

12 - 18 months

  • Learns through trial and error for instance banging two objects and finding out the sounds it makes.
  • Repeat actions that he has enjoyed.
  • Starts to play with grown-ups and notice other children.
  • Plays and 'talks' alone.

18 months - 2 years

  • Explore things with his mouth.
  • Learns through trial and error.
  • Copys other children and adults.
  • Looks at other children playing but does not join in the play.
  • Likes playing with adults as well as by himself.
  • Likes repetitive actions such as putting objects in and out of boxes and scribbling on many pages.

2 - 3 years

  • Begins to use symbols in his play such as a stick becoming a sword.
  • Starts to play alongside other children.
  • Starts to show some reasoning skills... may still learn by trial and error.
  • Copies adults and other children.
  • Much of his play is 'imaginative' for instance telling off toys.

3 - 4 years

  • Recognizes shapes, letters and colours.
  • Solves jigsaw puzzles through mixture of thinking and trial and error.
  • Plays co-operatively together and take turns with other children.
  • Shows more reasoning skills and asking questions for instance 'why' and 'how'.
  • Plays imaginatively for instance playing in the home-corner, dressing up and cooking.

4 - 6 years

  • Begins to use and understand symbols for instance writing and reading.
  • Shows much understanding and uses reason related to his experiences.
  • Begins to understand simple rules in games.
  • Plays co-operatively, taking turns and enjoying table-top games.

6 - 8 years

  • Enjoys playing with small groups and making up his own games with rules.
  • Enjoys playing co-operative games but not usually coping with losing.
  • Likes to play with children of his own sex.
  • Enjoys using rules and understanding.

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