The 6 stages of play

Does your little one enjoy playing? Children learn a lot of important skills through play. They learn academic and social skills as well as having the chance to practice their gross and motor skills. As children grow they go through the different stages of play.

Unoccupied Play

This kind of play begins at birth. During this stage babies learn to control their own body while watching the world around them.

Solitary Play

This type of play starts during infancy and is very common in toddlerhood. During this stage a child plays by them self. This type of play lets your little one practice their motor skill while they prepare themselves to play with other children. As your child grow solidary play helps develop their imagination and other skills.

Onlooker Play

This type of play frequently take place during toddler years but can happen throughout childhood. In this stage your child views other kids play without joining. Onlooker play helps kids learn social rules, the different types of play, and it allows them see diverse toys.

Parallel Play

This is very common in toddlers, but occurs in all ages. During this stage two children play right next to each other, but not with each other. For example both children have Legos but will not build Legos together. Although it appears that they don’t notice each other they actually do. Parallel play helps prepare your child for playing with other children.

Associative Play

This type of play happens as early as as the age of two but commonly around the age of three and four. In this stage your child starts to notice other children playing and will begin to interact with one another, although they will not engaged in organized play.

Cooperative Play

This stage starts around the ages three and four. Children play together in this stage. They may establish rules and have a goal. It is very common to see a lot of conflict during this time as children begin to communicate and learn to play together.

Which stages of play is your child in?

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