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Playing and learning....


because everything starts with a seed....

Let’s think of play as a continuum along which we all travel and progress

There are 4 social stages of play; each brings its own kind of learning and benefit. Children enjoy different stages of play as they grow and as their language skills develop:

• solitary play, where children hardly notice others, they are intent on their own interest

• parallel play, children play alongside each other without interacting

• group play – children play together without much regard for the others

• cooperative play – games with a shared goal that involves plans and discussions

There are 4 kinds of play and each type develops particular skills. The types of games played will vary as the child matures. Adults play games too and develop similar skills on their continuum.. We are never too old to learn!

• Physical play develops: fine motor skills,

gross motor skills

coordination and balance

• Cognitive play develops: concentration


thinking skills

problem solving

listening skills

• Emotional play develops: self-confidence


ability to face conflicts and fears

• Social play develops: cooperation

conflict resolution


ability to lead and follow

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