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Elaine Hutchinson

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16 different types of play

Communication Play

Allows your child toplay using their words and gestures and learn about jokes and acting

Creative Play

Allows your child to explore, try out new things and use their imagination

Deep Play

Allows your child to experiment with facing risky experiences and addressing their fears

Dramatic Play

Allows your child to experiment with roles they could take and acting them out

Exploratory Play

Allows your child to explore, the world and how things around them function by using their senses

Fantasy Play

Allows your child to explore, their fantasy world and experiment with things that aren't likely in real life

Imaginative Play

Allows your child to play outside of the rules of the physical world

Locomotor Play

Allows your child to enjoy experimenting with the sensation of movement in play

Mastery Play

Allows your child to show they can control elements of their play or the environment

Object Play

Allows your child to develop their hand-eye coordination and manipulation skills

Recapitulative Play

Allows your child to explore the past through rhymes, stories, rituals, history and ancestry as well as the themes of fire and darkness

Role Play

Allows your child to explore, different roles and ways of being and try them out in a safe environment

Rough & Tumble Play

Allows your child to develop their physical skills in a safe and friendly way

Social Play

Allows your child to develop their understanding of social rules and how they work when playing with others

Socio-Dramatic Play

Allows your child to explore their social skills by acting out social roles

Symbolic Play

Allows your child to experiment with using objects or symbols to represent something else within their play

Adapted from Huges, B (2002)2nd Ed. 'A Playworker'sTaxonomy of Play Types'. andan infographic fromencourageplay.com

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