4 Types of Play

Atiana Adame

Solitary play

The child is completely engrossed in playing and does not seem to notice other children. It starts between ages 0-2. Your child is learning how to explore and discover the new world all o their own. An example would be playing with a toy all by themselves.

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Parallel play

Babies and toddlers sit happily alongside one another but rarely interact. This type of play begins through ages 12- 18 months. The child is learning that they like being around others. An example would be two children sitting next to eachother and their both painting their own pictures.
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Associative

Children may not work together at the same game, they like to watch and imitate those around them. This type of play usually begins at age 3. if one child puts on a dress-up outfit, another child will put one on also. They are learning to watch and imitate those around them.
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Cooperative Play

Children work together to achieve a goal. This type of play usually begins ages 3-4. An example would be all children finishing a puzzle. They learn to socialize with others.
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