The Five Types Of Play Analysis

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There are five types of play that children aged 1 through 6 years old go through (Boyd and Bee, 2015). These types of play are related to the ages of the children. In order to better understand these types of play, children of various ages were observed in the playpen area of the mall. While this is not an ideal situation to observe all the types of play that children can interact with, the play area is a good general start. In this area, there are obstacles for the kids to play on or with. Each age group interacted differently with the obstacles. Multiple children were present in the area at once and would play together. Children are able to cognitively develop through interactions with other children. Playing is a part of children…show more content…
The older girl chose herself to be the mother specifically because she was the oldest. This shows preoperational on the way to concrete operational type of cognitive abilities (Boyd and Bee, 2015). This can also be a type of sociodramatic play as the children take on different roles and model the roles after things that they have seen. The oldest children in this situation were about 8 years old, the younger ones went along with what they were told by the older ones. Sociodramatic play shows that children around 4 years old are able to hold a symbolic thought or image with their current cognitive abilities (Boyd and Bee, 2015). Next, a young boy around the age of 4 was pretending to be a monster chasing other children around the castle. This type of play can be categorized as sociodramatic play as he is pretending to be something he is not. The child knows who he is and is able to switch back to being himself. This is explained by his ability to maintain a picture in his head as to what he is for a little while. Then, a 6 year old girl and her father took on the role of being airplanes. This is another form of sociodramatic play. Later, a little girl around the age of 1 or 2 observed the others playing, this is a type of play through watching others. She is at the age where she is gaining semiotic function and better understanding that each behavior in play can represent something (Boyd and Bee, 2015). A 3-year-old was pretending to be flying a rocket or fishing out of the boat. This is a first pretend play type of behavior because the children are not able to fully take an object and pretend that is something else. There is not much extra symbolic thought needed by that child to understand that a fake boat that looks like a boat can be used as a boat, same goes with the rocket. Finally, the last
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