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Solution Name:​​ Learning How to Play with Others​​ 


Solution Plan: ​​ 

Sharing teaches​​ children​​ about​​ compromise​​ and being fair. Children​​ learn​​ that if we give a little to​​ others,​​ we can get some of what we want as well.​​ 

Turn Taking:​​ Babies begin to engage in back-and-forth interactions, building blocks as cooperation by 6-9 months old. Play back-and-forth games, such as peekaboo and pat-a-cake.

Encourage Free Play:

  • The best way for a child to learn cooperative play is to have plenty of opportunity to participate in free play with other children.​​ 

  • Give children items (boxes, straws, pipe cleaners) that they can use to make things with and let play emerge.​​ 

  • Give them their space.

  • Children learn the value of cooperation by playing freely -- without restrictions and strict rules -- with others in their age group


Children learn a lot from just watching parents.​​ Model good sharing and turn-taking​​ and​​ it gives​​ children a great example to follow.

Children also need​​ opportunities to learn about and practice​​ sharing.

  • Point out good sharing​​ with​​ others.​​ For example,​​ “I like the way your friend was​​ sharing​​ the​​ toys really. That was very kind of​​ nice.”

  • When you see​​ the​​ child trying to share or take turns, ensure praise​​ and attention​​ are given.​​ ​​ For example,​​ “I​​ liked the way you let​​ John​​ play with​​ the​​ truck. Great​​ job​​ sharing.”

  • Play games with​​ the​​ child that involve sharing and turn-taking.​​ 

  • Speak to the​​ child about sharing before​​ a​​ playdate​​ with friend(s)

  • Encourage eye-contact

  • Teach emotions; Emoji’s are a great tool to help express emotions​​ 

  • Communication, communication, communication

  • Let children maintain good communication channels, and pick up skills like negotiation, conflict resolution, non-verbal communication, assertiveness and bargaining​​ 




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