Pediatrics Question #50
Which play behavior would the registered nurse expect to observe in a group of 4-year-old
- Playing and working together to build a fortress with various sizes of blocks.
- Playing with blocks next to each other but not interacting with each other.
- Playing with blocks and interacting with each other without rules or goals.
- Playing with large blocks by themselves in various parts of the room.
The correct answer is C. This type of play is associative play and is common for a 4-year-old. Children within the group have similar goals such as building a tower out of blocks. However, they don’t set rules and there’s no formal organization. The key word “together” to build does not define associative play and is too structured for a 4-year-old child. Playing with blocks next to each other but not interacting with each other is parallel play and is observed most commonly in a 2-3 year old child. Playing with large blocks by themselves in various parts of the room is solitary play. When engaged in solitary play, children do not seem to notice other children sitting or playing nearby.
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