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Types of play – unoccupied

5 month old baby lying on her back on a blanket in the garden with Mum. She waves her arms and legs rhythmically, gurgling and cooing.

Goof for looking at

  • Types of play - unoccupied
  • Physical development
  • Learning outdoors
  • Speech and language development
  • Characteristics of effective learning - playing and exploring
  • Effective adult support
  • Parents


  • What cues can you see that show what the baby is interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How baby is learning?
  • Which areas of play, development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support the baby’s learning?
  • How does the environment support the children’s learning?