Pediatrics Question #41


Which statement made by a parent indicates the parent understands parallel play of 2-year-old


  1. “I will try to facilitate parallel play by encouraging them to build towers with blocks.”
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  2. “I will organize a kickball game for each of them to be part of a team.”
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  3. “I will place several toys in a basket for them to sit and play next to each other.”
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  4. “I will use a chalk board to teach a group of children about the alphabet.”
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The correct answer is C. Children in this age group play alongside or near others but do not play with them. This is referred to as parallel play. A toddler of this age should be able to build a tower of 8 blocks; however, this is not an example of parallel play. This is an example of cooperative play. Parallel play is a form of play in which children play adjacent to each other, but do not try to influence one another’s behavior. Toddlers and preschoolers are beginning to master many basic movements, but they’re too young for most organized sports such as kickball. Teaching a group of children about the alphabet using a chalkboard is not an example of parallel play and would be above the developmental stage of a 2-year-old.

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