Play With Objects
This type of play concerns children’s exploration, as young scientists and designers, who play with objects to “build” and “create” the world around them. Play with objects begins when infants can grasp things and hold on to them. It can also be described as "sensory-motor" play when the child is exploring how objects and materials feel and behave.
From the age of about 18–24 months onwards, toddlers begin to arrange objects, a practice which gradually develops into sorting and classifying activities. By the age of four, building, making and constructing behaviour emerges.
Play with objects appears to have a number of benefits related to the other types of play. For example, manipulating and constructing using large and small objects are excellent ways of developing physical skills. Play with objects itself, however, is distinctively related to the development of thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Children set themselves goals and challenges, monitor their own progress, and develop problem-solving strategies. Experiments have demonstrated that through play children develop more flexible ways of thinking about objects and how they can be used, but also more positive attitudes to problems and any initial setbacks.