What is Parallel play?

Parallel play is when a child plays alongside or near others but does not play with them this stage is referred to as parallel play. Children go through 6 different stages of play during early childhood.

While playing, children learn and develop important skills they will continue to use throughout their lifetime. Problem solving, creativity, and willingness to take risks are just a few of the skills developed through play. Children who use their imagination and ‘play pretend’ in safe environments are able to learn about their emotions, what interests them, and how to adapt to situations. When children play with each other, they are given the opportunity to learn how to interact with others and behave in various social situations.

Our weekly TOT group is focused on introducing children to whole body movements while working on sensory integration, socialization, and increasing self-confidence. Children will be able to explore the gym, swing, sing, and play musical instruments. Each class includes activities involving music, water play, and lots of fun! We strive to promote and increase parallel play throughout each group.