Childcare learning through play powerpoint/different forms of play


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What is physical play? Physical play:
Physical play, is an important component, which is needed for the
development of young children. It can be in the form of a planned
activity (which either could be physical or mental.)
Aim: For enjoyment, form of exercise, enhancement of the physical well-
being of kids.
Examples of physical activities: running, jumping, playing tag, hide and seek
Toys which encourage physical play:
1. Space hopper Did you know
only 6% of
2. Toy pram children play
outside for
3. Soft ball (football) more than 3
4. Bean bags…read more

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What is imaginative play?
Imaginative play:
Imaginative play is when children role play or act out different experiences they have had, or something which
interests them. They experiment on various decisions like, how to behave practicing their social skills. Children
learn from experiences- what happens around them, from what they hear, smell, see, taste and touch. (To gain
this knowledge, they need to be engaged in imaginary play.)
Examples of imaginative play:
Play doh, dress up games, creating fantasy lands/places, colouring in, making things using different materials e.g,
cardboard, pots, bottles, tins, beads/buttons..
Toys which encourage imaginative play:
1. Toy kitchen/Toy food
2. Toy camera
3. Play cash register
4. Doll house…read more

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Creative play: Examples of creative play:
What is creative play?
Creative play is a very important element of
young childhood. It creates self-expression and
leads to the development of manual skills.It is
expresed when children use familiar materials
and use them in unusual ways. Through creative
play, children perfect their abilities and become
competent at difficult tasks. It improves their
mental and physical skills.
Toys which encourage creative play:
1. Chalk
2. Block and construction games
3. My fun Science kit
4. Play doh…read more

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Manipulative play:
What is Manipulative play?
Manipulative play is, activities which involve children to
move, order, turn or screw items to make it fit. The purpose is
that it allows young children to take control and
responsibility of their world by repetition of the basic objects
they use in daily life, (ie toys). It is often solitary, but can be a
cooperative activity, when there are more resources
Toys which encourage
manipulative play:
1. Lego bricks This is an important feature of a child's leisure because, it
2. Bristle blocks develops concentration and perseverance, they can practice
3. Alphabet
making quick decisions, they can learn to analyse and solve
letter puzzle
boards difficult problems, and they can also learn about shapes,
4. Connectors sizes, colours, patterns, weight, height, and textures of
construction Home
different shapes and objects.…read more

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Exploratory play:
Exploratory play, is when children use their senses of
taste, smell and touch to discover and explore the
texture and function of things around them. It is one of
the earliest forms of play which is linked at the baby's
development. This type of play, is quite physical during
infancy, because babies use their bodies to explore
their new environment. Children are encouraged to use
their exploration skills, as a way of learning about the
things around them in the atmosphere. As a result of
this, children gradually become competent and confident
learners, making discoveries and enquiries, prior to their
For instance, if they build blocks, children can learn
about many characteristics of different shapes (which
leads to further knowledge of maths). Parents can
motivate children by providing a wide range of natural
resources, during the session, as it helps them to
experiment and investigate with the resources.
Toys which encourage exploratory
1. Fabric play
2. Creative puppet theatre toy
3. Learn in a groove table
4. Fisher price laugh and learn
love to play puppy…read more

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