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There are 5 types of Social Play:  Solitary, Onlooker, Parallel, Associative and Cooperative.  Read below to understand the differences and why they are all so important to include in an inclusive design.

At the SOLITARY PLAY stage, children are very busy exploring and discovering their new world.  They tend to play alone regardless of whether other children are in the same area.  Children can engage in Solitary Play in many areas of the playground.

ONLOOKER PLAY is when the child watches others at play but does not engage in it.  The child may engage in forms of social interaction, such as conversation about the play, without actually joining in the activity.  We place equipment into groups to encourage Onlooker Play.  Children can watch how more experienced children play on the equipment and when they are ready can try it themselves.