What Is Solitary Play

What Is Solitary Play?

Solitary play is a type of play that involves no one else other than the players themselves. There are two types of solitary play: solitary and public.


Solitude is a state where there is complete isolation from others; it may involve any number of factors such as being alone in a room or building, having your own space, or even living without human contact altogether. Solitary play can take many forms, but all of them have one thing in common: they require the participants to remain completely self-contained. They do not allow anyone else into their lives.


Parallel play refers to a form of solitary play that occurs with other people present. Parallel play allows for interaction between the participants and encourages socialization within the group. Some examples include team sports, school clubs, and religious groups.


Social play refers to a form of solitary play that happens when nobody is playing. Social play can occur at parties, at home, or anywhere else. It provides opportunities for socializing and interacting with others. Some examples include going out to eat together, hanging out in the park after school, or just talking with friends over coffee.

How To Encourage Solitary Play?

Children and teenagers need time by themselves to play. They need this time to develop their own interests, identities, and passions. However, sometimes parents and teachers find this habit annoying because they believe that children should be spending all their free time doing something productive, like studying or doing chores.

After all, what good can come of playing by yourself?

Actually, a lot. When children engage in solitary play they practice many important skills that will help them throughout their lives. These include:

Problem-solving. Solitary play requires children to navigate a make-believe world. They must identify problems and find solutions. This teaches them to think critically, an invaluable skill for adulthood.

Imagination. By pretending to be someone else or doing something else, children expand their imaginations. This is the first step toward creative inspiration in adulthood.

Independence. When children play alone, they learn how to entertain themselves without the help of others. This enables them to develop a sense of self-reliance that will serve them well in later life.

Low Cost. Children are less expensive than ever before. Between food stamps and low-income discounts, parents can afford to feed their children healthy meals without breaking the bank. Many after-school programs and summer camps offer discount rates for children from low-income families. With a little clever planning, parents can raise a happy and healthy child on even the smallest of budgets.

How To Get Your Child Into A Low-Cost After-School Program

After-school programs provide a supervised place for children to go after school where they can do homework, engage in recreational activities, and get a healthy snack. These programs also offer parents some peace of mind since they know their kids are in a safe environment. Unfortunately, after-school programs can be very expensive, especially for low-income families. Fortunately, there are ways to secure a spot in an after-school program at a low cost or no cost at all.

Talk To Your Child’s Teacher

If your child is happy and doing well in school, most teachers are more than happy to write a letter of recommendation for them to get into an after-school program. If your child’s teacher doesn’t have time to write a letter of recommendation, they might still be able to tell you about any affordable programs in the area.

Check Your Area For Scholarship Programs

Most private organizations that provide after-school programs offer some sort of scholarship program for low-income students. Check to see if there are any such programs in your area. These programs will provide a scholarship in exchange for your help at their facility a few hours a week. Your child can get free after-school care and you’ll get free child care hours.

Look Into Your Local Community College

Many community colleges offer low-cost or free day care services for local students. Check to see if there is a community college in your area and if they offer any after-school programs.

Get A Job

If all else fails, you can always get a job to pay for your child’s after-school activities. Although this option is far from ideal, it does offer the advantage of providing your child with free child care while you’re at work. You will have more work on your plate, but at least your child will be in a safe environment while you’re away.

How To Help Your Child With Their Homework

Some parents believe that the only thing they need to do when it comes to their child’s homework is make sure they have all the necessary supplies and get them to their classes on time. These parents usually don’t have to worry about their children’s homework and report less stress in their lives as a result. Other parents believe that they should stay one step ahead of their children at all times and make sure every assignment gets completed before the child even has to think about it. Children of these overworked and overwhelmed parents usually get good grades but report high levels of stress in their lives.

How YOU Can Help

Homework is meant to be a collaboration between parents and their children.

Sources & references used in this article:

Solitary play: Some functional reconsiderations. by NV Moore, CM Evertson, JE Brophy – Developmental Psychology, 1974 – psycnet.apa.org

Social and solitary play in a colony of vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops) by L Fedigan – Primates, 1972 – Springer

Solitary play and convergent and divergent thinking skills in preschool children by B Lloyd, N Howe – Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 2003 – Elsevier