Playing sociably and learning to share


Why is this important?

Social play takes place in a natural environment, allowing children to
develop and practise their communication skills. To be successful, children need to understand the rules of turn-taking and sharing. This forms the foundation of social-interaction skills for later life.

What to do

• Provide opportunities for the child to engage in play activities with other children of similar ages by involving the child in playgroups, nursery school, parent and toddler groups and visiting places where other children play (e.g. the park).
• Set up activities where two children can play together (e.g. home corner, playing shops, a simple game, taking turns to complete a puzzle).

• Suggest things that one child could give to another (e.g. one child cooking, the other putting the doll to bed; suggest child one heats a bottle of milk for child two to give to doll).