What is parallel play?

“Parallel play (or parallel activity) is a term that was introduced by Mildred Parten in 1932 to refer to a developmental stage of social activity in which children play with toys like those the children around them are using but are absorbed in their own activity and usually play beside rather than with one another.”

Why does my blog focus on parallel and associative play?

This blog has developed from my current activities at work and continued education coursework. My goal in all of the activities is to improve children’s attention, social-emotional and cognitive growth.

In addition, for toddlers with developmental delays and/or sensory challenges, repetition of specific activities during these stages are integral for social emotional and cognitive growth. Finally, this is a catalog with reflections to reference for future activities.

Who am I?  

Right now, I am an Early Childhood Educator working towards my Master Teacher/Site Supervisor permit with the State of California.

Who cares? 

I do. The field of early childhood education is the foundation of development. It can help shape our critical thinking skills. The first few years are crucial periods of learning and growth. Even if delays are present, with scaffolding from a parent or caregiver, a child can make progress to reaching many milestones.