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Play - Toddlers

  • Play with blocks! You can help your child start by stacking a few yourself, but just let your child go and see what they build.
  • Encourage imaginative play. Playing house, pretending to buy groceries, or just playing in an empty box are great ways for children to build their imaginations, increase narrative and storytelling skills, as well as think through possible scenarios before they arise.
  • Roll a ball back and forth with your toddler. This will help build hand-eye coordination and muscle strength.

Sources:

Bongiorno, L. “10 things every parent should know about play.” NAEYC For Families. Retrieved from http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/child-development/10-things-every-parent-should-know-about-play

Bodrova, E. & Leong, D. 2012. “Assessment and scaffolding: Make believe play.” Young Children. NAEYC. Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/201201/Leong_Make_Believe_Play_Jan2012.pdf

“Kids Health. Safe exploring for toddlers”. Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/learning/exploring.html

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