Between 1-5 years, children show gradual development from simple to more complicated forms of social play. Most children pass through the following stages as they leaning to play together in groups.
1. Solitary play
– playing alone
-e.g. drawing alone
- playing alongside others but not with them.
-E.g. one child drawing and the other playing with a doll.
- watching from the edge of the groups as the other children play
-e.g. watching a group of children playing a board game
- playing with others by doing the same thing as everyone else
-e.g. playing with dolls or running around together
5. Co-operative play
belonging to a group and sharing in the same task
e.g. a board game