Schemas: Patterns in Play


In many of my videos or tutorials you will often hear me encouraging you to watch your child when playing. By this I don't just mean supervising to keep them safe, I mean really watch them! Next time you're watching your child play, ask yourself these questions:

  • What are they doing?
  • Which toys or resources are they drawn to?
  • Do you notice any repetitions in their play?

By closely watching our children play, we can gain a far better understanding of them and what makes them spark! What interests them and what makes them curious! 

When we watch our children, you may sometimes notice a pattern in their play...often a repetitive action. This could be repeatedly dropping an item from a high chair and watching it land on the floor, or perhaps laying on their front and closely watching the wheels as they drive a vehicle forwards and backwards. 

Have you ever noticed your child choosing to do something repeatedly?

In Early Years, these are known as SCHEMAS and your child may be engaging in schematic play. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers often engage in their type of play to try and make sense of the world, but please note this varies in each child and sometimes some children do not show any signs of interest in schematic play.

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