Observe the baby when another baby is close by. Have several toys within the infants’ reach.
No elicitation needed.
The infants will both be interested in each other, but more interested in their toys. They will look up at each other and may imitate an action, but then return to play. If the children do physically engage it will probably be to get the other child’s toy.
Help parents watch this parallel play interaction and point out how children are learning from watching each other. Early exposure to other children helps children develop a desire to have peer social interactions. Early childhood educators and parents can support sharing and turn-taking as a play partner.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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