The Learning Ladder II
A reading and writing curriculum for Family Child Care Providers, Children and Families
The Stages of Play
Children discover and learn about their world when they play. Play develops
imagination and creativity and gives children practice in the social skills
they need in our world. Children do not play for reward or because someone
told them that it is good to do. They play because they like it. Children
learn the skills of socializing with one another in social play. By playing
with one another, children learn social rules such as waiting, taking
turns, cooperation and sharing things. Children go through stages of play
as they grow.
Look at the examples of the developmental stages of play below.
A child is in a room full of other children, but he/she is playing alone and not paying attention to anyone.
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.
Children are playing the same game, but they are not working together or connecting with one another.
Children are working together to play a game.
Examples of activities within the
of play are:
solitary play: a child playing with blocks alone in a corner.
play: two or more children playing with blocks near each other but not talking with each other.
associative play: two or more children playing with blocks building the same thing, talking with each other but
not working together to create something.
cooperative play: two or more children are playing with blocks building
the same thing, talking with each other and working together to create something.
|Did you finish? Then, go to the activities for Part 2.