What Are Examples Of Solitary Play?


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When a child is young, they will start showing different types of play with their toys and with their interaction with other human beings. There are many examples of solitary play, one of these types of play, such as playing with dolls as a child or shaking a rattle as an infant. All children of all ages engage in this kind of play, allowing them to build up their own imagination and express themselves with this.

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. If you give your child a toy to interact with, they will play alone with this toy for a while, engaged with what they're given for a little space of time.

There are many other types of play, with another example being parallel play. This is only different to solitary play as there is another child involved, but the two play side by side without interacting with the other, only interested in the toys they are playing with. There is no social interaction attempted and this stage is mostly noted between the ages of two and three years old.

When the child is young, in preschool ages or between around three and five years of age, social or group play will be shown. This shows the child is able to cooperate and learn how to share with other children, learning how to interact with other people in a positive fashion. These activities usually come hand in hand with nursery school or a crèche group, due to the high levels of necessary social interaction with other children of a similar age. Children of this age begin to develop friendships as a result of the social interaction.

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