Essay about Types of Play

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Types of Play

Unit 3


Professor Fontana

Joetta Raymer

November 25, 2013

Type of Play
Typical Age
Creativity Exhibited

The child is not playing. They may be in one place and seem like they are not playing but make random movements. Not engaged in play (Isbell & Raines, 2012).

This type of play refers to newborns and infants mainly but can occur with older children.
This type of play teaches a child how to begin to play. They random movements are practice for using motor skills and learning control of body parts and what they are used for.

In newborns and infants creativity can be exhibited by the child simply
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A creativity exhibited during onlooker play may be a child standing and watching children during water play but not participating. They may ask questions about the water play but not want anything to do with the other children or the activity.


The child mimics other children’s play but doesn’t actively engage with them (Dean, 2008). Children may sit side by side playing with a toy but not interact with each other.

This type of play is typical for three and four year olds.

This type of play is important to teach children how to take turns, share and mimic other children’s play. Children can learn to mock and role play by what another child is doing. Some children may think of this as “copying”.
A creativity exhibited during parallel play is when two children may be in the same area side by side but doing similar activities such as digging in the sand with shovels.


Plays with others in an informal way. Communicates about the common activity, but there is no organization of the play (Isbell & Raines, 2013). Involves interaction with other children, they are more interested in what others are doing.

This type of play begins in children around age three and continues till around age five depending on the child.
The importance of this play is to promote socialization, problem solving, cooperation and language development. Through associative play is how

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