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EMERGING PLAY STAGES

WHAT'S THIS?
Sensory Exploration
where a child uses all of his/her senses to explore objects.

WHAT CAN IT BE?
Pretending
where a child begins to imitate actions seen or heard about and to build on these experiences to create new ones.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Exploring Function
where a child explores a toy to see how s/he can make it "work". Also includes combining toys and using toys to imitate real-life play.
WHAT CAN I MAKE?
Creating
where a child interacts with a variety of expressive materials, while combining manipulation, creativity and planning.
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO WITH IT?
Organize, Sort & Build
where a child begins to use materials and incorporate planning, coordination, problem solving and creativity; includes using shape sorters and constructive toys.
READ ME A STORY?
Reading & Listening
where a child enjoys listening to language at a very early age. Conversation, rhymes, songs and books are offered. Opportunities to act out stories occur.
  • What The Child Does
  • What the Caregiver Does
  • Play Materials
  • Positioning Options & Adaptations


 

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