The Secret To Independent Play: Guide to Play Schemas


Understand what your child is working on and set up activities to encourage this play schema

  • 6 Play Schema explanations
  • Photo samples
  • Play ideas for each schema
  • Quick Shema reference activity guide

Schemas covered:

  • Trajectory Schema
  • Positioning schema
  • Rotation Schema
  • Transporting Schema
  • Enveloping & Enclosing Schema
  • Connecting Schema
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As parents, we can support these developmental stages by providing activities that are targeted to their current play stage, customize it to their current interests, and redirect the behavior instead of correcting or getting frustrated as we try to stop the urges or behavior.


Learn to provide the right activities for your toddler to play for longer times. Identify which play schemas he is exploring and get activity ideas according to each one.


By observing, we can identify and we can provide activities that nurture their current developmental stage.

What are Play Schemas

Play schemas are stages of play a child goes through.

These repeated behaviors sometimes may seem a little strange or even irritating to adults, but to the child, it’s a necessary step in their understanding of the world and themselves.

As parents, it is great to understand these schemas so that we can provide activities that match their current stage of play and allow for free play and learning in a healthy and safe way.


Here is the list of all 6 of them with a description and play ideas you can do at home suitable for each stage.

  • Trajectory Schema: When my child throws everything
  • Positioning schema: The need to align everything
  • Rotation Schema: When my child spins everything
  • Transporting Schema: When my child moves everything
  • Enveloping & Enclosing Schema: When my child wraps everything
  • Connecting Schema: When my child builds and connects everything