Play is crucial in a child’s growth and development. Play is how a child makes sense of the world and their place within it.

Play provides the context to build and extend on knowledge, understanding and skills such as problem solving, sharing, independence, creativity, interact with others, use their imagination and on and on.

Play is the highest form of research” Albert Einstein

15 June, 2018

Stage 1: Unoccupied Play

In the early months of infancy, from birth to about three months, your child is busy in unoccupied play. Children seem to be making random movements with no clear […]
8 October, 2017

Stage 2: Solitary Play

Solitary play is one of the first play stages. Playing alone is a natural step in the development of children’s play behaviour for a 0-2 year old. As children […]
15 June, 2017

Stage 3: Onlooker

As a child grows they will start to notice others around them during their play. This is considered Onlooker play and is around the 2 -2½ years. In this […]
5 December, 2016

Stage 4: Parallel Play

Parallel play is very important for the 2½- 3 year old age range as it helps children to learn peer regulation, observation skills, working with and getting along with […]
15 October, 2014

Stage 5: Associative Play

Associate play generally occurs around the 3-4 years and consists of each child engaging in an separate activity but with the assistance and cooperation of others. Associative play differs […]
5 September, 2014

Stage 6: Collaborative/ Cooperative Play

As children progress through the play stages they around 4 or 5 years old come to the cooperative play stage. It is quite apparent in the later preschool years […]
10 January, 2012

Literacy and play

Play is a vital role in a child’s development. Play plays a pivotal role in the development of a child’s literacy. When children play they can act out what […]
5 January, 2012

Why play is important

Play reflects what a child already knows, has observed and can do. Play provides the context to build and extend on knowledge, skills and understanding in a way that will […]
5 January, 2012

Pretend Play

Pretend play is often also referred to as symbolic play, imaginative play, dramatic play, fantasy, socio-dramatic or good old fashioned make-believe. Pretend play serves many purposes and helps to push the […]
5 January, 2012

Stages of play

As children develop, their play evolves too. Children pass through these stages as they grow, becoming capable of more interactive play as they develop. There are several types of play […]
5 January, 2012

Adult role in play

Understanding our role as the adult in child’s play is critical in promoting play and embracing the development and learning. Our role in child’s play is important. We can build a positive […]
5 January, 2012

How play promotes development

Learning through play Play is the essence of a child’s world. The world for a child is full of adventure and discovery and play facilitates a child to explore […]
5 January, 2012

When is it no longer play

The benefits of play are lessened when a child no longer considers it as play. This occurs when an activity stops being an enjoyable activity and the play is no longer […]
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