4 Types of Play!
Parallel play occurs when the child is next to another child playing is his or her own way.
This is helping the child learn how to be around other kids but still play in there own way.
Associative play is when he/she goes from parallel play to being in larger groups doing the same type of activity but with themselves. They will communicate with the other children but with rarely interact with them.
This is helping the child grow social skills and sharing skills.
Cooperative play is when he/she breaks from not talking to multiple people to socializing and playing with them. For example, the child with start sharing imaginary items with other children.
This helps the child's social skills and allows them to be able to go to certain social events like school.