Toni2Terry asks:

What are the play skills a parent can introduce into a child's developmential stage (new born through 10 years)?  

Thank You, Terry Lavery.

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Wayne Yankus
Oct 22, 2010
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some helpful skills are sharing, separating, resting, transition, large and small motor skills with toys, gyms, and ground toys.  Puzzles are good for small motor skills and short interest spans.

Social skills go hand in hand with physical development.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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lynellen writes:
A child's play changes as they move from playing by themselves with simple toys to playing with others.  Play changes as well as the toys are first used just as they are and later become an imaginary item as the child grows older.  For example, an infant plays with a rattle just to hear the noise when it is shaken.  A four year old may pick up the same rattle and pretend its an ice cream cone while playing "house".  
Then games are introduced with rules.  Sports are introduced.  You may find reading developmental books by Illg and Ames or Piaget's work interesting and informative.  Most of all despite the age of your child, enjoy them!  Have fun!!!!
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