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Parallel Play

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Updated July 23, 2007

A photo of toddlers playing next to each other, which is called parallel play, and is typical of most kids around age two.
Toddlers Playing Next to Each Other

Toddlers Playing Next to Each Other

Photo (c) Zsolt Nyulaszi
Group play and sharing doesn't usually evolve until age three. Until then, most infants and younger toddlers simply play by themselves next to each other, in parallel play.



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The Denver Developmental Assessment (Denver II)

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