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Playing & Exploring – Playing with what they know

Once babies have learned something about the properties of objects they move on to see what they can do with them – how they can play with them. Find out how this develops into sophisticated pretend play, developing rules and problems for them to solve and supporting their self-regulation.

Good for looking at

  • Characteristics of effective teaching and learning
  • Playing with what they know
  • Pretend play
  • Object play
  • Co-operative play
  • Symbolising
  • Problem solving
  • Turn taking
  • Agreeing to the rules of play