- 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.
Kathleen Alfano Ph.D., Former Director of Child Research at Fisher-Price®
Our parenting advice is given as suggestions only. We recommend you also consult your healthcare provider, and urge you to contact them immediately if your question is urgent or about a medical condition.