Cooperative play involves children actively exchanging ideas in order to accomplish a common goal rather than passive learning. Research has demonstrated the potential of cooperative problem-solving for enhancing young children's cognitive development and learning.
The best way to teach children cooperative play is to give the child many opportunities to put it into practice. Help your child learn cooperation through activities, games, and toys that engage multiple participants. Because the objective of cooperative problem-solving is for children to share ideas and possible solutions as they pursue goals, you should encourage or suggest rather than give directions.
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