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Short Description: “Play” Plays an important role in the development of children. It is being neglected today due to the concept of nuclear families, traditions and socio cultural way of life in the society. It is a medium through which children learn and enjoy. Hence no child should be deprived of it.



“Play” Plays an important role in the development of children. It is being neglected today due to the concept of nuclear families, traditions and socio cultural way of life in the society. It is a medium through which children learn and enjoy. Hence no child should be deprived of it.

Play is the primary way through which children learn, children explore their bodies, their relationships with their parents and peers, and the world around them through play. Play also helps children develop verbal and thinking skills.

Play is a natural activity of children. It is a behavior pattern which allows them to practice for future adult like behavior. It is a multisensory experience in involving sense organs such as eyes, ears and skin. Play is a natural medium of self expression and helps in building relations. It is a way of releasing and serves as a mode of learning.

Infants need extremely close and constant supervision while playing. Play helps children in self discovery and acquainting themselves with their new world by various senses. Play is a mode of learning for them and tell us what is going in their minds. It helps them in learning about objects, events and revising what they know.

Play helps in overall development of children. It helps them to learn language and to speak. It helps in development of intelligence. By playing children learn to socialize. It helps in emotional development of children.

Different types of play are
1. Exploratory play
2. Manipulative play
3. Combinational play
4. Symbolic play
5. Pretend play
6. Constrictive play

In exploratory play children learn about the qualities of objects by mouthing, touching and feeling.
Toys such as building blocks helps in manipulative play, which in turn helps in fine motor development and eye hand coordination.

In combinatorial play children relate object to each other while in symbolic play children use one object to symbolize another.

In pretend play children pretend as if objects have life and dramatize with them eg. feeding a baby doll.
In constructive play children use materials to make things for the enjoyment they derive from making them.
Play helps in improving the length and quality of attention.
The 3 stages in children’s play are solitary play, parallel play and associative play. All these stages are age related. In solitary play younger children often play alone while in parallel play they play beside each other. As they grow older they start sharing toys and other thing, a feature of associative play. Solitary play is the least mature from of play. As the child matures the child steps into the next from of play.