Play Ideas for You and Your Toddler

Play in general is great for learning. Imaginative or pretend play benefits your child in every area of development, from cognitive to physical to social/emotional.

Pretend play doesn’t have to be an elaborate affair. There are plenty of opportunities for you and your child to pretend every day:

  • When you’re driving to the grocery store, pretend the car is a plane or spaceship headed into the sky.
  • Pretend you’re explorers while going for a walk.
  • Use dolls, hand puppets or any household objects to set a scene and tell a story.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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