Observe the toddler when another toddler is close by. Have a variety of routine-based props available for play, such as pretend (or real) food, plates, cups, etc.
If the child does not interact, stimulate the interaction by giving a suggestion. “Let’s have something to eat. I’m hungry.”
The child includes all players in the actions, setting up dishes, offering food, etc.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to provide dramatic play props for the child related to everyday activities. These can be paper plates and plastic spoons, anything to stimulate the child’s acting out of daily routines. This type of play promotes sharing and positive interaction among peers.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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