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a preliminary type of social play that occurs among young preschool children, in which two or more children interact, possibly sharing and talking, but with each engaged in a different play activity. See also collective monologue. Compare with cooperative play- parallel play.

ASSOCIATIVE PLAY: "One child was playing with trains and talking to another child who was playing with cars nearby- thus the children were engaged in associative play."

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