Not Into Pretend Play?

Not all parents get excited about “playing house” or acting out pint-sized dramas with toy figures. But this is the kind of imaginative play that toddlers thrive on and learn from.

You can help guide your child’s development, even if this isn’t your “cup of tea,” by asking questions. If you’re “playing house,” ask what will happen next. Perhaps it’s time for the “baby” to nap. Ask, “Where with the baby sleep? Can you show me?”

Continue asking questions to prompt your toddler to think about the storyline. You’ll likely learn a lot about him or her in the process.

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