Enjoyable Play for You and Toddler

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Enjoyable Play for You and Toddler

Tips for Enjoyable Play for your Toddler and You Tips for Enjoyable Play for your Toddler and You

Tips for Enjoyable Play for your Toddler and You

What Toddlers Can Do (1-2 years)
  • Your toddler will be keen to manipulate and investigate objects
  • Your toddler will start to be mobile through crawling or walking
  • Some toddlers may be able to start using their coordination skills by helping to feed themselves and through early pretend play

What Toddlers Can Do (2-3 years)
  • Your toddler's imagination is starting to develop so pretend play becomes more important
  • Your toddler may be walking and starting to try to talk, so communication is key to their play world.
  • At this stage your toddler will begin to enjoy playing with their friends and siblings, as well as you
  • Toddlers will be more able to play with intricate objects as their concentration, ability and coordination become finely tuned.

What You Can do for Your Toddler (1-2 years)
  • You can encourage dancing and singing as they become more mobile on their feet
  • If your toddler looks for help in play - such as helping them stack bricks - then be there to assist
  • Offer encouragement and praise when they complete new tasks or do something well
  • Try not to interfere or take over any of the games - your toddler has to learn for themselves.

What you Can do to Help your Toddler (2-3 years)
  • Try to provide an environment where make believe play can be acted out with companions
  • Have patience when your toddler tries to learn new skills and attempts new tasks
  • Share your child's pleasure when a task is performed well, such as pouring a drink or threading an object onto some string
  • Try to stimulate your toddler's imagination and curiosity by providing interesting new challanges.

Suitable Games and Activities for Toddlers (1-2 years)
  • Show your toddler how to imitate: they love copying you
  • Encourage a sense of humour by showing your toddler that they are funny when they try to make you laugh
  • The more you laugh the more inventive your toddler will be
  • If you buy suitable activity games make sure you set aside the time to explain the game and play along
  • Explore the feeling of water in the bath or at washing up time.

Suitable Games and Activities for your Toddler (2-3 years)
  • Outdoor play can be great fun for toddlers as they will be noticing the sights and sounds as well as what other children are doing
  • As your child becomes more coordinated you will be able to engage in more complex activities such as counting or memory games
  • Everyday tasks can be of great interest to a curious, helpful toddler
  • Engage your toddler's inquisitiveness by letting them help you run the bath, wash up, cook or sweep the floor.

Suitable Toys for Toddlers (1-2 years)
  • Only buy toys that are suitable for your toddlers' age and stage of development
  • Toddlers start to enjoy turning the pages of books so have large print, colourful books to hand
  • Paints can be messy but a lot of fun for your toddler as can colouring on paper with thick crayons that are easy to grasp
  • Building blocks and shape sorters are of great interest to children of this age
  • Waterproof toys will be of great interest at bath time.

Suitable Toys for Toddler (2-3 years)
  • Imaginative play is very important at this stage of development. Try to provide some dressing up clothes to aid this pretend play
  • Balls are of interest to your toddler as they can be used for so many activities such as throwing, kicking and catching
  • Soft toys and dolls can be used for your toddler's imaginative play as well as offering a comfort when in the car or away from home
  • A paddling pool can be fun, as your toddler will love to sit splashing around, filling objects up and pouring water over the side (never leave a toddler unattended in or near to water).

British Toy and Hobby Association British Toy and Hobby Association
This information has been taken from a BTHA (British Toy and Hobby Association) leaflet.
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