Types of Play

There are many kinds of play -

  • Exploratory play when a baby becomes aware of the world - sounds, sights, wanting to touch and taste.
  • Constructive play - to discover how things work, to take them apart, put them together again and learn about size, weight, colour, shape and materials and texture.
  • Energetic play; to practise new physical skills so that the growing child becomes better at running, climbing and other required activities.
  • Modelling - to learn from watching others and copying them.
  • Pretend play - playing in a world of fantasy and imagination usually without any interference from parents or other adults.
  • Social play - learning to play with others where those you play with are more important than the game itself.
  • Skilful play which requires care and practice.