Collaborative sibling play: forming a cohesive collective while picking mangoes

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Despite the interest in play and the growing number of stud-ies that address same age peer play, very little is known about sibling play. Even less is known about families with young children who move countries and the types of play children from these families initiate. The familiar social inter-actions that favour age based peer play in the home country, (play dates with school peers; known neighbours) are not immediately available in the host country. In order to under-stand the complexity of this issue, Vygotsky’s cultural-historical theory is drawn upon to investigate the social inter-action of four siblings recently arrived in Malaysia. In the cur-rent study, moving countries provided an opportunity for sus-tained sibling play while picking mangoes from a tree. Anal-ysis indicated that although the children ranged in age from 3 years to 8 years old, they interacted as peers, and worked through complex problem-solving processes. The siblings formed a cohesive collective sustaining and sharing their thinking until their goal was achieved. It is argued that sib-lings understand complex challenges, and through observ-ing, offering and attempting various solutions, challenging and risky problems can be collectively solved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeer Play and Development in Early Childhood
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Research Perspectives
EditorsAvis Ridgway, Gloria Quinones, Liang Li
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030423315
ISBN (Print)9783030423308
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development
ISSN (Print)2468-8746
ISSN (Electronic)2468-8754


  • peer play
  • Cultural-historical theory
  • Collaboration analytics
  • collective cohesive
  • problem solving
  • sustained shared thinking

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Adams, M. (2020). Collaborative sibling play: forming a cohesive collective while picking mangoes. In A. Ridgway, G. Quinones, & L. Li (Eds.), Peer Play and Development in Early Childhood: International Research Perspectives (1st ed., pp. 215-231). (International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development ; Vol. 30). Springer.