Unit 4: What in the World is True Play? (and Why is This so Important?)
In today’s unit we’re revealing what the heck true play is, why this is so important, and how to tell if your play that meets the true play requirements.
WHAT ARE THE FOUR PILLARS OF TRUE PLAY?
1. True play does not involve work or a focus on an outcome, such as mastery or learning.
2. True play is not for real and there are no consequences that come with actions.
3. True play requires a sense of safety.
4. True play is engaging and holds ones attention.
Why is True Play Important to Weave into our Play Routine?
Although all play is good, in order to get the full benefits of play, it’s important to create to opportunity for true play.
It’s through true play that your baby will begin to develop certain neural pathways that only form through this type of play, while also encouraging your baby to work on mastering skills, express creativity, and mold their self-identify. Over time, this also promotes psychological and emotional develop plus confidence and self-esteem.
WHERE CAN I LEARN ABOUT THE CONDITIONS FOR TRUE PLAY?
Here’s a recap on 5 ways to set the conditions for true play with your baby:
1. Fill up your baby’s attachment cup.
2. Create voids to fill up with play.
3. Protect your play with routine and structure.
4. Don’t praise or reward praise.
5. Value play.
You can learn more about these by checking out the video in the Bonus unit in the Welcome module. Jump to 15:41 to 23:28 for this part of the video.
ASSIGNMENT: REFLECT ON WHAT TRUE PLAY CAN LOOK LIKE FOR YOUR FAMILY
1. Do you think true play comes naturally to you or is an area that you struggle more with?
2. How can you incorporate true play into your routine today?
After you finish, send me a quick email with your responses and any questions you have on this.
COMING NEXT: FINDING THE BALANCE BETWEEN TRUE PLAY AND PLAYING WITH YOUR BABY
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