Monday, January 18, 2010

A Place Of Our Own and Parallel Play

A Place Of Our Own is a PBS show. Check your local listings to find out when it's on. It's worth it to set your DVR and watch the 25 minute programs packed full of information and ideas on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Did you happen to record today's show? It is really informative all about types of play.

On the right side of this page, you can view the part on Parallel Play, the most used type of play at Pamm's House.

Parallel play is a form of play where children play adjacent to each other, but in a seemingly solitary manner.

What I was reminded with today's show was that Parallel play is a stage on a continuum of play stages. The next phase is cooperative play, where children play together. When children parallel play, it seems they are engrossed in what they are doing, but if you pay close attention, they are very aware of what is going on around them.

Many times adults force cooperative play and, as I've found out, it usually doesn't come out well. Most toddlers and even young preschoolers are not ready for playing with a group.

Here's more information on parallel play:

Don't forget to set your recorders to record A Place of Our Own

Pamm

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