My 5 (almost 6 year old) does not play in the manner I think he should, with peers at school or in other circumstances. He seeks out adults for play and conversation. We recently were in a situation where easy child had multiple, daily opportunities to interact with children his own age and he still sought out the adults in the group just to 'chit chat' and to play. We were at the beach the other day and he asked to play with a group of 4 boys who ranged in age from 2.5 -6. I was happy and eager to watch his play unfold. Within minutes he was plopped down next to the two mothers of the boys, engaging in conversation and convincing them to play 'kitchen'. I was told recently that at his age it is still common for children to parallel play (which is what he does at school). From what I know, parallel play occurs most often with toddlers and young preschoolers. easy child will be six in a month, the majority of his play (I feel) should be interactive. Do you think so too? Do you have a child who seeks out adults over children?