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How Playtime Builds Your Child’s Social Skills

Posted on Jan 26, 2016

Playtime isn’t just fun for your children, it’s improving their social skills. What exactly qualifies as playtime? Playtime is defined as a time to play and have fun. This can mean organizing shape blocks, connecting legos, reading a book and interacting with friend. According to Fisher-Price, an American toy company that caters to infants and young children, there are four types of child’s play:

  • Onlooker - Merely watching other children play

  • Solitary play - Playing with toys alone

  • Parallel play - Playing near other children, but still playing alone

  • Cooperative play - Interacting and playing with other children or adults

Fisher-Price blogger Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell Ph.D (Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education) recommends children work their way through each stage of play, becoming comfortable with each type until ultimately learning how to play well with others. Children have different personalities and, much like adults, can be an introvert or an extrovert; however, no matter personality type it is important for children to learn each level of play. As your child progresses through each stage of play, they eventually learn to play well with others. This teaches them how to be aware of their peers, their feelings and societal norms.

When your children play at Monkey Joe’s they are able to experience different types of play. Our inflatable playground caters to children 12 years old and younger, so no matter what stage of play your child is in chances are there are other children around who are in the same stage, too. Whether your child is fully engaged with other children or bouncing on their own, they are learning valuable lessons on social skills!