Parten’s stages of play

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Parten’s stages of play

  1. 1. Parten’s stages of social play Presenter: Theresa C. Brown
  2. 2. What is play?Play is a pleasurable activity that isactively engaged in on a voluntarybasis, is intrinsically motivated andcontains some non-literal elements. (Cook and Cook,2007)
  3. 3. Play• What is your definition of play?
  4. 4. Parten’s stages of social play Unoccupied Play• The child is not playing or watching anyone or anything in particular.• They might stand or sit and just do nothing.
  5. 5. Parten’s stages of social play Onlooker Play• The child spends most of their time watching others play.• They might talk to the players, but will not engage in the actual play activity
  6. 6. Parten’s stages of social play Solitary play• The child plays alone.• No connection or conversation is made with anyone nearby.
  7. 7. Parten’s stages of social play Parallel play• The child plays alone but with toys that are shared with others.• The child plays beside other children but communication might be limited or none at all.
  8. 8. Parten’s stages of social play Associative play• The child plays with other children.• The play is not coordinated. They may talk and share toys but they are still independent players.
  9. 9. Parten’s stages of social play Cooperative play• Children come together and play.• A group of children with a common goal or similar interests, acting out adult situations or playing formal games.
  10. 10. Think and Discuss• What stage of play is most evident with your own children, those in your neighbourhood or those at your school? Share your findings.
  11. 11. Watch and Note• In your table Stage of play groups, watch the 1 following video and 2 identify the type 3 of play featured in 4 each section. 5 6• Record your 7 observation on the table provided 8 9
  12. 12. Report• In your table Stage of play groups, report on 1 the findings from 2 your observation of 3 the video. 4 5 6 7 8 9
  13. 13. Further reading• Use the search engines – Bing – Dogpile – Google – Answers.comto find other articles that speak about thedifferent stages of play.• Email to lecturer.
  14. 14. Play is a child’s work

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