Toddler Play

What can I do to help promote play in my child?

While all children are different and may enjoy different toys and interactions, the following are suggestions for activities and toys for the toddler:

  • toddler:

    • needs space in which to play and explore

    • likes sandboxes, swings, and playgrounds

    • likes to imitate others by pretending to perform adult tasks

    • likes to play in the water

  • What you can do as a parent:

    • allow your child to help with chores

    • read to your child

    • regulate your child's television watching

    • provide your child with a toy vacuum, pots and pans, and other housekeeping or work toys

Toys for the toddler:

  • toys that can be pushed and pulled

  • rocking horse

  • toys that can be ridden safely

  • balls

  • playground equipment

  • shovel and bucket

  • music

  • toys that can help with housework, such as brooms, a vacuum, and dishes

  • dolls

  • puzzles


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