Types of Play

by: Brianna Blanchette

solitary play

A form of play among a group of children within the same room or area in which each child engages in an independent activity using toys that are different from the toys of the others, concentrating solely on the particular activity, and showing no interest in joining in or interfering with the play of others.

Babies and toddlers (birth to around two)

exploring and discovering their new world.

puzzle or read a book in a corner

Parallel play

Children play next to each other simply because they are in the same area but they are engaged in their own activities. They play side-by-side, watch and listen to each other. At this age they are interested in the same toys and both see the toys as belonging to them.

Age of two

Child is playing with blocks, stacking and knocking them down. Beside him is another child doing the same thing, however they are not interacting or sharing blocksoutube

Associative play

Children are still playing independently but often do the same thing as other children. The children will begin to interact through talking, borrowing and taking turns with toys, but each child acts alone

Age of two

Play- dress ups , home corner, play-dough, siting around playing with farm animals

Cooperative play

when children have acquired the skills to interact together for the purpose of play. Speaking and listening skills are more developed so children can communicate with each other.

Children can share ideas and tell each other what to do. Communication about play is the critical skill of cooperative play.

apparent in the later preschool years

play with blocks together or a puzzle together