Play Skills

The act of playing is an important tool that influences a child’s life. The primary goals of childhood are to grow, learn, and play. It is often through play that children learn to make sense of the world around them. It is a child’s “job” or “occupation” to play to develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills to interact with other children, and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore new environments. (Learning Through Play- ) Examples of inappropriate play in children include:

  • Appropriate play with toys
  • Does not look at people in the eyes
  • Does not use pretend play
  • Overly focuses on one type of play (e.g., stacking or spinning objects)