Observe the child interacting in play with peers. Have motivating dramatic play props related to daily routines or favorite stories. Action figures, trains, blocks, or theme sets (e.g., zoo, farm) may also prompt joint play.
If no interaction occurs, prompt the interaction by joining the play and beginning a dramatic play scenario. “Let’s play doctor. I don’t feel good, so I need to see a doctor and nurse.”
Once engaged in play, the child begins to create a story or follow the peer’s actions and words. She shares materials and offers comments. The play is not goal-oriented but is imitative and repetitive.
Encourage parents to provide dramatic play props for siblings related to everyday activities. Explain the type of toys that will promote joint play. Dramatic play, construction, and theme play promote sharing and positive interaction among siblings. The adult’s suggestions may also stimulate play.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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