Homemade Play

Toddler Playtime

What can you find in your house to play pretend with your child? Offer them clothes, blankets, empty boxes, or clean and safe kitchen objects to use. Follow their lead and see where it takes you. If you need to, you can give them ideas like, “Should we build a boat or pretend to cook dinner”

See what your child is learning

Playing pretend is a great way for your child to explore ideas and practice language skills. They also get to try on different roles, like being a parent or a baby, and to see the world through other people’s eyes. This is an important skill for getting along with others.

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