“The second stage is projection where the child relates more to the external world beyond the body.” (Jennings, S 2006)
This second stage of play is where children begin to explore the world using toys and objects separate from themselves. The objects can be used through embodiment play and/or used in dramatic play and in a narrative form. For example, a child may enjoy using their senses with the sand by touching, smelling, listening, but may also use toys in it and tell a story about the toys in the sand.
From this stage these are a few skills they develop:
- Language and communication skills
- Continue to develop emotional regulation
- To manage frustration
- Numeracy skills
- Organisation skills
- Self confidence
Below are a small number of activities that can help develop this stage. As with all the stages, they can be developed at other times in life.
Reference: Jennings, S. (2006) Creative Play with Children at Risk Milton Keynes: Speechmark