As one can expect, children at different ages do not all play the same way. There are distinct stages that children go through as they grow. Each stage is very important to the development of the next. While not all children are the same and may not progress through the stages at the same time, the following are common types of play grouped according to your child's age:
Online Source: American Psychological Association. child Development 6 to 8 Yearshttp://actagainstviolence.apa.org/resources/fact-sheets/parenting/development-8-years.html
Online Source: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. Stages of Play: 12 to 24 Months Young Toddlers Solve Problemshttp://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/stages_of_play_-_12_to_24_months-6-15.pdf?docID=13863
Online Source: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. Stages of Play: 24 to 36 Months: The World of Imaginationhttp://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/Stages_of_Play_-_24_to_36_-_6-15.pdf?docID=13864
Online Source: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. Stages of Play: 6 to 12 Months Babies Discover Connectionshttp://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/stages_of_play_-_6_to_12_months_-_6-15.pdf?docID=13862
Online Source: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families. Stages of Play: Birth to 6 Months Babies Use Their Bodies and Senses to Playhttp://main.zerotothree.org/site/DocServer/stages_of_play_-_birth_to_six_months_-_6-15.pdf?docID=13865
Online Source: US Department of Health and Human Services. Active Chldren and Adolescentshttp://www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter3.aspx
Online Source: American Academy of Pediatrics. Cognitive Development 4 to 7 Monthshttp://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/Pages/Cognitive-Development-4-to-7-Months.aspx
Online Source: American Academy of Pediatrics. Cognitive Development 8 to 12 Monthshttp://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/Pages/Cognitive-Development-8-to-12-Months.aspx
Online Source: American Academy of Pediatrics. Cognitive Development Birth to 3 Monthshttp://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/Pages/Emotional-and-Social-Development-Birth-to-3-Months.aspx
Online Source: National Association for the Education of Young Children. Good Toys for Young Children by Age and Stagehttp://www.naeyc.org/toys
Online Editor: Metzger, Geri K.
Online Medical Reviewer: Finke, Amy, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 4/29/2014
© 2000-2014 Krames StayWell, 780 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.