Six Categories Of Play

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The six categories of play do not exist without overlapping, but they do help to describe and define different types of play. Play is important, as it will allow young students to understand the world around them, they develop their social abilities, begin to understand different cultural differences, develops language, explore problems solving, and allows children to begin to express their thoughts and feelings with peers and teachers. During the types of play that occur within the six categories of play, children will develop different aspects if important knowledge and skills (Isenberg & Jalongo, 2010).

Sensory Pleasure is a type of play that incorporates a child’s senses while they explore play materials and the environment around them. Sensory play is focused on sensory experiences for children and often will include the child’s whole body and their senses. Smelling, touching, and exploring a rich
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According to the text, play can teach children to “handle their feelings, to control their impulses, and to filter out negative behaviors that are inappropriate” (2007, p. 363) within a particular group setting. However, it is important to note that even this type of play can be considered play with motion and can be taken too far with younger children who have less of an ability to control their impulses (Bentzen, 2007).

Play with language is a type of play that will typically involve the use of rhythms, sounds, creation of new meanings of new words, and the use of language to continue to develop their abilities to make and manipulate sounds to form words. The focus, then, is not solely to communicate, but exploring the concept of language and discovering the patterns, sounds, and meanings of language. Thus, through play with language children begin to develop their own meaning and uses for language and the rules of their language as well (Bentzen,
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