The concept of parallel play dates back to the 1930s and a sociologist named Mildred B. Parten. She contributed significantly to the study of child development. However, she is best known for her theory titled “The Six Stages of Play.” Parallel play is the fourth stage of development. Widely considered a transitory period, it typically occurs when the child is between the ages of 18 months and two years. Party places for kids like Kids ‘N Shape offers parallel play opportunities.
Why is Parallel Play Important?
During this stage, children play side-by-side and learn valuable information from one another. Examples include, but are not confined to the following:
- Self-Identity and Personal Space
- Verbal Communication and Socialization
- Non-Verbal Communication and Motor Skills
- Sharing and Property Rights (e.g. mine vs. yours)
Once they master parallel play, toddlers will advance in their development. Eventually, they will be ready for enrollment in playgroups, preschool, and kindergarten.
Which Party Places for Kids Offer the Best Parallel Play Opportunities?
As such, playtime should ideally occur in party places for kids. The right party places for kids are safe, supportive, information rich environments that allow toddlers to observe children of all ages engaged in recreation with one another. Kids ‘N Shape is that type of party place.
Located in Staten Island and Queens, we offer toddlers a chance to enjoy their parallel play in a colorful, clean, varied environment with others. Open sessions are available to the public and afford parents an opportunity to familiarize themselves with our facility. Afterward, they will want to host their toddlers’ birthday parties at one of our two locations.
Where Can Families Combine Parallel Play with Birthday Celebrations?
Birthday celebrations at our party places for kids include beverages, Carvel ice cream cake, pizza, paper goods, invitation, and balloons. Remember, in addition to the standard fare, Carvel® makes a series of signature products. As such, it is possible to get cakes in the shape of race cars, butterflies, bears, whales, Cookie Puss® and more.
We can help parents obtain many extras for their toddlers’ birthday parties. The long list of extras includes but does not end with toddler-friendly finger foods, costumed characters, live entertainment, party favors and snow-cones. To learn more about hosting a birthday celebration at our party places for kids, please contact Kids ‘N Shape today.