Sturdy furniture, balls, toys or boxes: these can get your child crawling, standing and walking. Sometimes the purpose of the object for play time only becomes clear in the child's creative hands—a stick could become a magic wand, the pole for a flag, something to stir with, or a pointer to show which way to go.
Playtime will encourage them to continue exploring their own interests and build skills they will use in the future. That means if your child wants you to sit in the sandbox with her, you do it.
Play supports the development of self-control which is critical for success later in life. In other articles, I expand on each of these functions of play—skill development, social development, and creativity.
Promoting playtime helps your child learn about their skills and abilities, while interacting with others and their surroundings.
Pretend Play This type of play lets young children experiment with different social roles and learn to cooperate. Sing songs and play rhythms so that your child can learn and join in the fun.
And the act itself is more important than the outcome. There are at least three ways in which play is important for young children: skill development, social development, and imagination and creativity.
Encourage your child to try a variety of movements in a safe environment—for example, hopping, swinging, climbing, and doing somersaults. When your child plays, it gives her lots of different ways and times to learn.
If you put on some favourite music while your toddler plays, she can also experiment with different sounds and rhythms. Actually play is their work, and they give a tremendous amount of energy and effort to it.