Play is the way a child learns to make sense of their world. Sharing enjoyment in play develops connectedness with others, promotes engagement and social inclusion.
Developmental Play Milestones include:
- Solitary play: independent use of toys
- Parallel play: engaging with materials alongside another peer, sibling or caregiver
- Associative play: giving, taking and sharing play materials
- Cooperative play: exchanging ideas about a game or toy, working together towards a common goal, learning to respect other’s property
These developmental play milestones often build upon each other, however; a child may show different skills in different scenarios, such as at home or school, or with different items.
WHY IS PLAY IMPORTANT?
Play skills support children in the development of fine and gross motor skills, language and communication, problem solving and social skills. Learning how to play is key to successfully navigate and engage in the classroom and community settings and for interacting with others.