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Play with your child!
Children learn social skills, learn and practice using new vocabulary, explore their world, and have fun learning about their world by playing with other children and adults. Look around your home—anything can be used as a prop for playing with your child: pots and pans, blocks, couch cushions, old clothes and shoes for costumes. The sky's the limit! Using props and toys also gives you the chance to talk to your child about shapes and colors which will help them learn to recognize letters later on. Play also helps children develop their gross motor skills.
Watch these parents “make dinner” with their son:
Great Things Happening in this Video
- Mom and Dad are both sitting on the floor with their son. Getting down on his level tells their son that they think the game is important.
- Mom and Dad go along with whatever their toddler does. There is no right and wrong during playtime!
- See how the toddler is stirring the bowl at the end of the video? This is because he watched his parents do it. Your child learns by watching and copying you, whatever you do!
Easy Ways to Play with Your Child Today
- Join in when your child plays with his toys. Ask him what you should do; let him direct the play.
- Keep your old clothes so your children can use them as costumes when they play.
- Head to the park!
- Play “restaurant” in the kitchen. Have your child sit at the table and order things that you can bring to him.
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Updated: December 13, 2013