Symbolic Play: ages 2-7 when children represent objects for example: a block for a truck, wood chips on the play ground as water and 4 and 5 year olds begin to develop and engage in pretend play with roles and themes.
Solitary Play: A child is absorbed in his or her own actions, independent of other children.
Parallel Play: these children play separtely but with increasing curiosity in teh activities of other children nearby. You may see children playing side by side but not with one another.
Associative Play: Sharing items with others, taking turns, and showing interest in play activites with a shared goal in mind.
Cooperative Play: Highest form of social play. This is observed in 4 and 5 year olds. Group play with differentiated roles. Children may argue but they will commit to a general understanding.