There are different stages that children go through as they grow, and each stage is just as important to your child’s development of the next. Not all toddlers are the same and may not progress through the stages at the same time.
Most toddlers enjoy playing enjoy playing independently with toys, particularly ones that include body movement. As a parent, there are many ways in which you can encourage your child’s development through play.
What can I do to help my toddler play?
While all children are different and enjoy different toys and interactions, the following are some things your child may develop interest in as he or she moves from infant to toddler:
- space in which to play and explore
- sandboxes, swings and playgrounds
- imitating you and other grown-ups by pretending to perform adult tasks
- playing 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.
The following toys and activities are appropriate for your toddler’s development:
- toys that can be pushed and pulled
- rocking horse
- toys that can be ridden safely
- playground equipment
- shovel and bucket
- toys that can help with housework, such as brooms, a vacuum and dishes