Types of Play
Play in our school is fun. But there is a lot more to play than meets the eye. Here are some of the play methods we use;
Physical play can include ball games, dancing, hopscotch, running and jumping. These activities help children develop muscles, bones and physical skills, as well as developing interests.
Constructive play includes art, music and building. These activities can help children develop fine motor skills such as hand-eye co-ordination. They can also help children develop practical interests.
Games with rules
Games with rules helps us understand sequences, rules and processes. It helps us join in and build teamwork. More importantly, learning rules enhances behaviours in a positive manner and teaches us about fairness.
Social play can include any game that can be played by multiple people. These games will help children to form relationships, learn to share and co-operate with each other.
Fantasy play improves our imagination and our thought process. It helps us develop ideas which are the building blocks for everything created in the world. We use dress up, story time, role play and imaginary play in our themes and settings (Kitchen, Farm, Library etc.) to build imaginations and thought process.
All play should be open-ended and child-led. This means that we follow each childs interest. We give each child direction and help making sure that we do not impede their exploration and thought process by substituting our own opinion for theirs. A good way to enhance open-ended play is by simply posing questions and letting the child play at their own ability, time and pace. This leads to exploration of ideas and imagination enhancement. It helps us problem solve.