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clara_x
clara_x asks:
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what are the differences between the 6 types of social play ?

In Topics: Friendships and peer relationships
> 60 days ago

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aqblickley
aqblickley writes:
Hi Clara,

Mildred Parten is responsible for coming up with the theory regarding the 6 types of social play. They are each a bit different, and below I've included a short description of each:

1. Unoccupied behavior: The child is not so much playing, as occupying himself with whatever captures his interest at the moment.
2. Onlooker behavior: The child spends most her time watching other kids play.
3. Solitary play: The child plays with toys alone, and does not engage in interaction with other kids.
4. Parallel play: The child starts out playing by himself, but the activity she is doing naturally begins to attract other kids, causing her to play beside other children.
5. Associative play: The child engages in an activity with other kids, and all kids perform similar actions. There is very little grouping or division of labor during the playtime.
6. Cooperative play: Some organization begins to enter into kids' play, and kids strive to complete a goal together.

Hope this helps, and thanks for using JustAsk!
> 60 days ago

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