Housekeeping and Play Development
The table below lists the housekeeping and play development in young children.
|To Encourage This Play Stage:||Provide the Following Materials:||This Is What Play in This Stage Will Look Like:|
||The child will feel the different types of clothing. The child will look at flower arrangements, etc. The child will explore materials with the senses.|
||The child will attempt to dress her/himself. The child will sweep the floor, use a dustpan, dust, polish shoes, arrange flowers, try on mittens, shoes, and hats. The child will mimic body movements of familial and community roles. The child will use materials in functional ways.|
|Level I Representation (Cognitive/Manipulative)||
||The child will pretend with props in this center. The child will take on a specific role. The child will pretend to feed her baby, walk the dog, or answer the telephone.|
|Level II (Creative/Expressive)||
||A theme will begin to emerge in the child's play. The child will ask for nonavailable props. The child will gather props from other areas to extend their dramatic play theme. They will experiment with different genders and different roles.|
|Level III Representation (Language-Mediated)||The child will begin to use fewer props. The need for the materials in the previous box diminishes as he replaces props with language.||The child will use role-appropriate vocabulary and language. The child will use his imagination more frequently for creation of imaginary play props. The child will say, "Let's pretend," count out imaginary money, or create elaborate theme-specific props. The child will describe events related to the dramatic play theme. The child will respect and take part in role-related play.|
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