Observe the child in play with others in the classroom or on the playground.
No elicitation needed.
The child plays primarily with same gender children and from these chooses those who like the same type of play activities.
Children not only notice differences, they notice similarities. It is typical for children to start choosing children for play partners who have similar interests and skills. They may need encouragement to allow others into their play.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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