The Six Social Stages of Play: An Insight into the Social Stages of a Child’s Play.

The Six Social Stages of Play: An Insight into the Social Stages of a Child’s Play.

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Young children learn everyday through play and stimulation.

From those first moments with their parents or guardians, to the games of tag on the playground, children learn how to interact and form meaningful relationships through play!

However, when it comes to making these meaningful relationships with peers, there may be a few different stages which children will exhibit before they are comfortable, “playing” with a group of children.

As an adult you can observe this process by looking into the different social stages of play, and thus encourage or allow them to progress into the next stage.

From unoccupied solo play, which is displayed as an infant, to social play which follows both patterns and rules, children will follow a natural social progression.

That being said, not all children will display all six stages in the suggested order, or at all, and some may progress at different rates.

For information regarding social development, seek professional medical advice via the NHS website.

In the below infographic we have outlined the six key social stages which children will display when playing/ interacting with their peers.

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At Hand Made Places we have a range of products which are designed to encourage social interaction.

Social seating opportunities, as well as Play Units and Trim Trails can encourage social interaction amongst peers, as they will engage in role, and imaginary play.

In addition to this tricky apparatus like those included in a trim trail my evoke conversations between pupils on how to overcome obstacles.

For more information regarding any Hand Made Places products, contact one of our trained advisers today.


Parten MB Social Participation among Preschool Children. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology. 1932; 27 (3): 243–269.