Onlooker play: child takes an interest in other children’s play but does not join in. May ask questions or just talk to other children, but the main activity is simply to watch. Parallel play: the child mimics other children’s play but doesn’t actively engage with them.
Parallel Play. From the age of two to about three, children move to playing alongside other children without much interaction with each other. They may be engaged in similar activities or totally different activities but they like being around others their own age. Even though it may appear that they don’t care about the presence of the other children, just try separating them and you will see this contact from a far is very important to them.
A: During social play, children progress through social stages by interacting with other children in recreational and learning activities. The goal of social play is to progress toward and master cooperative play. Children first observe other children then play alone before moving to the stages involving parallel and cooperative play.
Unoccupied play is most commonly demonstrated in babies. Everything is new to them and they are understanding the world around them. Whilst the baby tends to be in one place and makes seemingly random movements and gestures with no real objective.