ASSOCIATIVE PLAY

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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."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "ASSOCIATIVE PLAY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/associative-play/ (accessed November 30, 2022).

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