What is PLAY?

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Play is what the child does.

It is an important part of the development of learning.

Toddler Play

“Real” play is the process by which a child interacts in his or her environment in such a way that it is SPONTANEOUS and FREE.

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Play is inner-directed and non-goal orientated.

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Play should never be corrected.  It is a child’s choice that is respected and should not be interrupted without an apology.

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Play provides a natural outlet for a child’s curiosity, anxiety, and social experiences.  Play services a need for a child’s mastery.  It is the opportunity by which a child works out his or her life’s “struggles” and learns how to fit into society.

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In play, there is no contest.

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No right or wrong.


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No win or lose.

RIE BabyPlay exists for play’s sake.

Written by Beverly A. Kovach,MN

Author of BEING WITH BABIES