Play-Time is so important to build self esteem. When you pretend along with your kid, you’re showing him that you accept his make-believe world, that something he’s interested in is fun and important to you too.
The benefit of Play:
- Builds the imagination
- Build social skills
- Advances physical development
- Helps kids work through emotions
Here are some guidelines to follow during play-time from the First 5 Facebook page:
Some great play activities you can find here: http://www.growingplay.com/free.htmlSome
The suggested activities this time are all about having fun and play:
Play favorite songs that could inspire your child to do specific actions—something with a loud, strong beat so he can stamp like an elephant, or something quiet so he can pretend he’s tiptoeing past a sleeping lion. Marching to music is also great fun and easy enough for most toddlers to manage. These games stretch his imagination and develop his sense of rhythm.
Catch me if you can
Toddlers love to be chased. The object of this game is for your child to be caught, especially if she knows she gets a big bear hug and tickles every time you manage to catch her. For variety, pretend to be different types of animals, like a roaring lion or a scuttling mouse. A great game for building up your toddler’s stamina – and yours!
Build your own bowling
Make your own bowling from recycled bottles and have lots of fun. Use those tutorial for inspiration:
A preschooler’s brain thrives on imagination – and that’s what makes this activity so much fun. By hiding an object in a bag or sock, kids need to think creatively when figuring out what’s inside!
Have a great week,