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Tips to Get the Most out of Play
By Kathleen Alfano
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to play and have fun with your child—this is a golden opportunity you won't want to miss.
  • Observe your child at play—observation provides hints to the next stage of development.
  • Follow your child's cues—be creative and resourceful when playing with your child.
  • Allow enough time for play—children need large blocks of time to play; they learn best in an environment which allows them time to explore, discover and play.
  • Supervision is essential —provide safe, hazard-free play environments both indoors and outdoors.
  • Choose toys that suit the area where your child will be playing—anticipate how your child will use the toy.
  • Choose toys that match your child's present stage of development—consider what the toy can teach your child.
  • Toys get used and abused—regularly conduct a toy maintenance check for toy safety and durability.
  • Choose various types of toys that will provide enjoyment and hold your child's attention—for active and quiet times; for playing alone or with others.
  • Pay attention to the age ranges specified on the toys—they are set for safety and developmental reasons.