Observe the child in play with peers. If no peer is available the adult can be a play partner. Have motivating dramatic play props related to daily routines or favorite stories or other theme related materials available.
If spontaneous play is not initiated by the child, the adult may prompt ideas to stimulate interaction.
Play expands to include all children’s ideas, but it is not coordinated toward a mutual plan. Ideas grow from a combination of imitation and suggestion.
Opportunities for children to play together are important, particularly if the child is going to enter preschool at age 3. Encourage parents to have play dates and spend time at the park with other children. Teach parents how to mediate and handle conflicts among children.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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