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How Children's needs and perferences in relation to their stage of development

The Treasure Basket is for babies that are 6 months and over. Babies must be able to sit up to play with the treasure basket. This will help with their physical development as they are sitting up.

The Treasure Basket is a basket of household items which enables your baby to experience the world around them. It brings the world to your baby. This is called solitary play. Solitary play is where children play alone with relying on an adult to be close by. Babies will explore the world around them, hence why they are given a Treasure Basket. Babies at this age enjoy playing alone and appreciate it. It helps them to think and concentrate.


The Treasure Basket

Snakes and Ladders is a game where communication is vital! It's a game for children 5 years+. Children are more likely to use their social skills as they must learn to share, take turns and co-operate with each other. Children are still likely to argue about who's turn it is but at least they are communicating with each other in some sort of way.

Snakes and Ladders helps children's development because they are using their fine motor skills to pick up the little pieces and to roll the dice.

This is called co-operative play. By three years children will be able to play alone and talk to each other. They will be able to understand peers roles and needs.

Snakes and Ladders


Peek A Boo

 You play peek-a-boo by hiding your face behind your hands. Once the toddler knows the game, encourage them to use their hands and lead the play. Peek-a-boo is a game for 1-3years. Peek-a-boo helps children to develop montor control in their hands and to anaylse the environment around them.

Peak-a-boo is part of parallel play. Parallel play is where children are more aware of each other and their surrondings. Children will tend to play alongside each other but not together. For example, a train track could be on the floor and the children will be playing on their own but with the same toy. Children will like the same toys as each other but they will want their own space. They no longer want to play alone but are not ready to take turns or listen to demands.

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek is where one child places their hands to their eyes and counts to what ever number they want as long as its 10 or above. This then gives the other child a chance to hide somewhere. Once the child is who counting has got to their number, they shout ready or not here I come. Then they have to go and find the other child that is hiding.

Hide and Seek allows the children to communicate with each other as they are letting both of them know that they are ready. Children are using their physical development as they using their hands to cover their eyes and they are running to search for the other child.

This type of Activity is called associative play. Associative play is where children watch and copy other children. Children will then want to join in with the game and then it gets bigger and more of the children are socializing and communicating with each other.