a form of play in which a group of children participate in similar or identical activities without formal organization, group direction, group interaction, or a definite goal. The children may borrow or lend toys or pieces of play equipment, and they may imitate others in the group, but each child acts independently, as on a playground or among a group riding tricycles or bicycles. Compare cooperative play. See also parallel play, solitary play.
as·so·ci·a·tive play(ă-sō'sē-ă-tiv plā)
Play in which each child participates in a separate activity, but with the cooperation and assistance of the others.