12 Types of Play Infographic

The 12 Types of Play Infographic depicts how play evolves as children grow, how social development is linked with play, and the important role parents have in supporting children’s learning through play.

Types of Play Infographic with Parten Six Stages of Play
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Three key messages this infographic includes are:

  • Children need various forms of play in order to develop emotional, physical, social, and cognitive skills.
  • Play is learning how to relate to others:  Promoting social interaction is an important role for play.
  • Parents have an important role in play: Providing children with time and opportunity for play is critical for a child’s development.

You can read more about Why Kids Need Twelve Types of Play which includes detailed descriptions of the play types included in this infographic.

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