Human Relationships in Play
Joyce Hemphill & Laura Scheinholtz
Play is, by its very nature, social. When we think of play, we often visualize interacting with others, but even when we play alone, such as in the card game of Solitaire, we are playing by rules that others have created. It is through the different types of playful interactions that we learn how to get along with others and we develop a sense of who we are as individuals. This process of development, facilitated by play, begins with birth and continues throughout one's lifetime. Since many cognitive and physical abilities are in the process of developing, the play of infants is relatively limited. Research on infants tells us that they are aware of others around them, including other infants, but little direct interaction exits. Most play of infants can be categorized as three types: (1) solitary play, when the infant finds enjoyment entertaining him/herself, such as playing with their ...