Tips to Get the Most out of Play
- 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.
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.