Social Stages of Playtime in Children’s Development

Parents care about children’s future life almost as much as they care about current health. The personality they will have in the future depends much on the thing they experience in toddler time. Although they won’t even remember many of the things they do now and in childhood, these things will shape the roads of their brain. Depending on how you raise your child, he/she will raise your grandchildren in relation.

To provide better development, learn about essential types of plays.

Why do they need different types?

Social, physical, and intellectual development require a wide range of variety for games. There is no perfect single game capable of doing all at once. So, they need it and they do somehow. All we need is to serve the right environment and encourage. You can find further in our various types of plays topic.

Social Stages of Playtimes

First Play Experience

Starting from birth, they do some unoccupied play. For instance, they move their limbs and experience the results. So, those random movements start the playing experience.

Second Play Experience

Between the 3rd and 18th months, they spend most of their time to play solo when they are not sleeping. They touch things to feel different surfaces and patterns. They do not socially care about the people around unless they directly pop up to their face or touch them. Exploring the world, their solitary play is the second play experience.

Observing Playtime

When they become toddlers, they watch the people around. Especially other toddlers and children get much of their interest. They learn vocabulary listening to other kids. Therefore, people sometimes believe that they have a special vocabulary used among them. Actually, there is a cartoon series named “the boss baby” made for fun.

Then, up to age two, they play together without cooperating. Here, they get conscious about prosperity. In other words, they understand objects and belonging reality.

Pre-Social Playtime

Roots of social playtime start from here. Approximately about around 3-4 years old children are most probably experiencing this. Kids become interested in socializing. They start making new friends and share toys and environment with them. They start developing problem-solving techniques. Some babies look more in charge and the others cooperate them. We can also call it associative playtime. They have similar aims while playing.

Social Playtime

The age range is so similar to associative playtime. They have an unstoppable tendency to interact with other kids around. They start sharing things and get more interested in others’ actions.

Mostly irrelevant to adult understanding, they have some random set of ethical rules and reasoning through values. For instance, if you break 5 eggs by mistake, it is more devilish than breaking 4 eggs intendedly.

Physical Playtime

Previous playtimes also include physical playtime. However, we call this physical because they get more interested in just running, jumping and horsing around. Respectively, wining and losing begin to have importance in their mind. So, this era should be monitored carefully to help them develop their personality. Humble in victory, glorious even in lose.

Parents’ duties in playtime

First, parents should be aware of the importance of playtime. Then, they can understand how to encourage kids to play in different phases. Actually, parents are not always the desired type of game friend. Rather, parents are like suppliers to their environment. However, parents should positively manipulate playtime tools. In particular, they should bring true toys and tools for their physical and emotional development. If they have multiple children and having problems in harmony, they can get, for instance, gym jungles. Or, maybe, kids with special talents and tendencies can get music toys.

Parents should monitor their children and their behaviors. Granted, they tackle the situation with a piece of good knowledge.

  • Safety
  • Micro schedule
  • supply
  • encourage
  • monitoring
  • help

The picture above shows a parent helping his child on a balance beam. So, keep this illustration in mind.

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