Types of Play Project

Yeraldi Gallegos 7th

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Solitary Play

Solitary Play - Solitary play is basically anything that involves the child playing alone with a toy or an object of interest. They have to be alone to be engaging in solitary play, hence the name.

Age Solitary Play begins: 0-2

The child is learning how to play, use toys and getting very close to learning how to play & share with other children. An example of Solitary Play is when a child grabs blocks and is playing by himself.

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Parallel Play

Parallel play - is a form of play in which children play adjacent to each other, but do not try to influence one another's behavior.

Age Parallel Play begins: Parallel play is usually first observed in children aged 2–3.

Child has already learned how to share with other children. An example is 2 children passing each other toys or crayons.

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Associative Play

Associative Play - A form of play in which a group of a form of play in which a group of children participate in similar or identical activities without formal organization, groupdirection, group interaction, or a definite goal.

Age Associative Play begins: 3-4

For example, if one child puts on a dress-up outfit, another child will put one on also. The children will begin to interact through talking, borrowing and taking turns with toys, but each child acts alone.

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Cooperative Play

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.


Age Associative Play begins: This stage becomes quite apparent in the later preschool years, (during the 4th and 5th years)