Physical growth and motor skills are not the only important part of a child
sdevelopment. Social skills are important to a child
s well being as well. One aspect ofsocial skills is the way a child participates in play. It is important for families toincorporate play into their lifestyles. This strengthens parent/child relationships andprovides good childhood experiences. There are many types of play. The followingdeﬁnes different types of play as well as age appropriate norms for your child.Social Play: interaction with other people (this could include a caregiver or a frienddepending on your child
s age)Functional/Relational Play: The child understands the action of the toy and uses it for itspurpose (e.g. The child will press a button because he or she knows it will play musicfor them).Gross Motor Play- When a child uses large movements in their play.
Birth- 6 months
Social PlayChild is focusparents at thilaughs out loud on attachment and bonding withage. (ie. coos, then squeals, smiles,d, expresses discomfort by cryin)
Functional PlayChild begins twill press butto use toys based on their function (ie. childons on toys to hear music)Social PlayChild now hashow some stand plays congive and takean attachment to parent/caregiver (mayranger anxiety, lifts arms to be picked up,tently when caregivers in the room, plays
Functional PlayChild engages in pretend play thatinvolves themselves (e.g pretend eatingor sleeping)Gross Motor Play (Play thatof movement)includes a lot Child explores by crawling all around theroomSocial Play-Starts peer interactions with parallel play(when a child plays side by side withanother child but has limitedcommunication or interaction with them)-Shares toys with parents-Shares facial expressions of other (ie.smiling)