Five Types of Play
In contemporary literature, the various kinds of play are generally divided into five broad types based upon the developmental purposes that each serves. These types are commonly referred to as: physical play, play with objects, symbolic play, pretence/socio‐dramatic play and games with rules.
Although each type of play has a main developmental function or focus, arguably each of them supports particular aspects of physical, intellectual and social‐emotional growth. In practice, children’s play nearly always includes more than one of these types of play.
Moreover, in each case children can play alone, with other children (of the same or different ages) and with parents and other adults. Over the next few months, we will briefly introduce each distinct type of play.