Growing Through Play – Child Growth & Development (4 Hrs)

Growing Through Play - 4 Credit Hours

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Why do children play? Do children actually gain something by playing? If so, what are the different kinds of play and what effect do these different types of play have on the development of a child? This class is broken down into five sections that will give you an idea as to what types of play children engage in and the importance they have on the child’s development.

In this class you will be asked to read a series of articles and/or watch videos concerning how children mature and grow by playing. Some articles have videos included within the article. Don’t forget to watch these videos as there are questions about them on the test. At the end of each section, you will take a quiz on the material that you read or watched. Don’t worry; these quizzes are used to help you identify the important elements of what you have learned. You may take the quiz as many times as you wish by clicking on the “Restart Quiz” button. Once you feel comfortable with the material, click on the “Return to Class” button to move forward and start the next section. At the end of the class, you will take a final test consisting of the questions you have answered along the way. You must receive an 80% score to earn your certificate. Once again, you can take the test as many times as needed to pass by clicking on “Restart Quiz”. Once you have passed the test, a certificate will appear. Click on "Download Certificate" and then print the certificate from the download. Please complete the class survey so we know how we are doing and what we can do to make your experience better. A record of completion of the class will be kept in your user account along with a copy of the certificate. You may reprint your certificate at any time upon completion of the class.

Section 1 – Play Stages

What are some different stages of play and how do they help in the child’s development. Read the article “Types of Play” at by clicking on the button below.

Below is a link to a video that also explores the different types of play. Click on the button and watch the video presented by PBN.

Click on the quiz button below to review what you have learned about play stages.

Section 2 – Unoccupied, Solitary and Onlooker Play Stages

We have learned about several different types of play stages. Let's dig a little deeper to find out more about some of these stages. Click on the button below and read the article 6 different ways kids play by Amanda Morin at Parenting. Be sure to click on the next page arrows at the bottom of the page. The article is 6 pages long.

Click Below for a short video that shows you an example of solitary or unoccupied play.

Click the button below and read a short article about solitary play presented by “language, music and (You do not need to watch the video at the end)

Click below to read the article “How to Encourage Independent Play” by Jennifer Wolf at

Independent play contributes greatly to the development of a child. Here is another article concerning independent play entitled “7 Myths That Discourage Independent Play by Janet Lansbury at

What is the onlooker stage of play? Can this be healthy? Read the article “Children Who Just Watch” at NAEYC and learn about this stage of play.

You have now completed section two. Click on the link below and take a short quiz on what you just learned.

Section 3 – Parallel, Associative, Cooperative Play Stages

In section 3, we will delve a little deeper into three more stages of play. Get started by clicking on the button below and read the article “What’s Parallel Play?” from What to

Click the Watch Video button below and watch an example of Parallel Play.

What comes after parallel play? Read the following article from What to and learn about associative play.

Watch the following video showing cooperative play.

Now read the article “Cooperative Play with Seven Ideas for Toddlers Playing with Others” by Patricia Gable at Bright Hub

Read the article “Ages and Stages” by the American Academy of Pediatrics at healthy and learn what playing does for a child’s development. If a password window pops up, just press cancel and the article will appear.

Now check to see what you learned by clicking on the button and taking the quiz.

Section 4 – Dramatic/Fantasy, Competitive Play Stages

As a child matures, they continue to grow through new and different stages of play. Read the article “Toddler Milestone: Pretend Play” by Melissa Catalano at Leap

Click the button below and Watch the video on the “Nature Kitchen” from the teaching for some examples of imaginative play.

The following article “Encouraging Children to Play Imaginatively and Creatively” by Kathy Eugster explores the different types of imaginative play as well as giving you lots of ideas and ways to get your kids to play creatively.

Now watch the video “Value of Dramatic Play in Kids Development” and learn why play is so important.

What is playing Fair? Read the following article “Fair play for Children” by the Raising Children Network to get a better idea of what playing fair is and how you can foster fair play in your daycare.

Now take the short quiz by clicking on the button below.

Section 5 – Physical and Constructive Play Stages

Kids today are more sedentary than they used to be. Read the article “The Importance of Active Play for Toddlers” from Kids to get some ideas on how to make play more physical.

Click the button below and watch the video “Move, Play and Learn - Physical Activity in North Dakota Child Care Programs” by Child Care Aware ND. The video explains why physical activity is so important.

Now read the following article “Constructive Play: A Value-Added Strategy for Meeting Early Learning Standards by Walter F. Drew, James Christie, James E. Johnson, Alice M. Meckley, and Marcia L. Nell at

The following article discusses how constructive play helps to promote other skills. Click on the button below and read the article “Constructive Play in Early Learning Environments” by Alka Burman at CMAS Canada.

Now watch the video “Magic of Play – Constructive Play” and get some ideas of some different things you can do to promote constructive play.

Boys tend to have an easier time with constructive play. How do you get the girls more involved? Read the article “Building isn’t just for boys: Getting girls engaged in constructive playtime” in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Click the button and take the section 5 quiz.

Final Exam

Now that you have completed the material, click on the following button to take the final exam. You must receive an 80% grade to pass the class. Don’t worry; you may take the test as many times as needed to receive 80% by clicking on the "Restart Quiz" button. WHEN YOU PASS THE TEST, A CERTIFICATE WILL APPEAR. CLICK ON “DOWNLOAD CERTIFICATE” AND THEN PRINT IT.


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