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Socializing and the Playground

Socializing and the Playground

I’ve noticed a huge difference this spring in the way Bella interacts with other kids we meet at the library and playground. Very different from last fall, which is the last time she really had spontaneous interactions with kids not her cousins. This winter was rather long and with my exhaustion and nausea we didn’t get out much. So spring is a huge leap forward for both girls.

Last summer Bella was fascinated by other children but didn’t often interact with them directly. I guess she was still in the “parallel play” stage where kids play near each other but do their own things. Now she still gets fascinated with other kids—stops and stares at them in the store, at the library, playground etc.; but she’s also more likely to talk with them and play with them.

There’s a little girl in the library story time group she’s seemed to make friends with the first week. On Friday they spontaneously sat together for the craft part of the day and shared crayons. Bella was so cute, giving Libby crayon after crayon. She also was very concerned in helping the librarian make sure each child got a paper to color on. When they’d finished coloring, Bella and Libby chased each other round the children’s section, skipping and laughing and running. Bella is definitely much more interested in watching other children than in doing crafts.

Then at the playground after library Bella ran around with a little four year old boy named Sean. They shrieked and laughed and went round and round the perimeter of the playground and all over the play equipment. He showed her how to walk around the gazebo on the benches as well. It was hard to pull her away when it came time to go home for lunch.

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