Friday, 12 June 2015

Types of play

Play is the favorite way of learning for a kid. They have all their senses busy and occupied during this time. It is a way they develop physically, mentally and socially. We should allow them to PLAY most of their time.

As kids grow they way they play and interact changes. Their play is defined in five different forms:

1) Solitary Play: Kids play by themselves. They don't seem to notice other children. This is often found in 1-3 years of age.

2) Onlooker Play: They watch other children play. But do not want to join. They might talk to them. Hand them things. But mainly watch them play.

3) Parallel Play: They try to copy what other children are doing. But still do not join them.

4) Associative play: They get interested in joining other kids than playing with own toys. They start pretend play and interact more.

5) Cooperative play: The child starts playing games with rules like follow the leader, simon says etc.

1-3 is observed mostly in toddlers while they move on to 4 and 5 as they grow.

Even as they grow they might indulge in Solitary play. It is a normal behavior if done once a while. It depends on how they feel at that moment or their preference. But if it continues for a longer period, consultation might be required.

Please share your experiences or valuable suggestions to help other parents regarding this topic. I will add it to the blog below in case relevant:

- If a child plays alone for a longer time or does not involve in group play please contact a special educator or behaviour analyst, as they find features of delayed development. By helping the child communicate with the peer they will get over the solitary problem.


4 comments:

  1. Good one! I never thought of play in this way.

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  2. Good one! I never thought of play in this way.

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  3. by chance i hit on this blog. Amazing work on the GK questions.
    in this link where you have penned about the play types in a simplistic manner amazes.
    wanted to add little bit though. If a child plays alone for a longer time or doesnt involve in group play pls contact a special educator or behaviour analyst, as they find features of delayed developement.

    by helping the child communicate with the peer they will get over the solitary problem.
    hope this suggestion helps.

    yup ,...my child falls under spectrum so happen to read a lot and work with him a lot.

    nice blog dear

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  4. Thanks Deepa for your comments and suggestion! I have added it to the blog post as it can help other parents.

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