A child’s play has benefits that extend far beyond the obvious one: fun!Play stimulates your child’s curiosity, creativity, and intellect, which help him make sense of his world.
By becoming involved in a child’s play and taking it seriously, you encourage his imagination and self-esteem. Following are a few simple “rules” to follow to make sure you and your child are having a good play experience.
JUMP RIGHT INPlaying with a child helps build the foundation for trusting relationships and helps him become a happy person.
TAKE A BREAKSolitary play gives a child time to process everything that she has been doing. Watch, if she is happy, leave her alone. If she seems bored or over-stimulated, re-direct her activity.
FORGET THE RULESEncourage a child to explore and “make believe.” Playing creatively greatly affects a child’s imagination and development.
THINK LIKE A CHILDAdd to a child’s play experiences by creating imaginative games and new ways to use his/her toys.
LET A CHILD GUIDE HIS PLAYAllowing the child to pick the activity and decide how it’s played gives him confidence.
FUN STUFF“Peek-a-boo.” This early hide and seek game will have your baby laughing out loud when you hide behind your hands and then suddenly peek out.“How big is baby?” This classic never goes out of style. Lift your baby’s arms a few times when you answer “So Big” and he or she will soon respond with arms up when you ask the question.Sing songs and recite rhymes. Babies love repetition.Play reach-and-grasp games with your child suing rattles and other hand toys. Your baby will be attracted to toys that have bright colors or interesting sounds.“Where’s your nose?” Ask the questions and take your baby’s hand to point to his or her nose for a while and soon your child will be able to answer for you.Sing – Sing – Sing. Sing songs and recite rhymes.Stack blocks or plastic cups.Cover a toy with a towel, show your baby how to find the missing toy. Applaud your child’s success.Make a band out of pots, pans, and spoon. Play loudly and softly, play quickly and slowly.Introduce measuring cups and funnels as both toys. Show how they can scoop and pour water.
Stimulate your child’s creativity by entertaining her with finger and hand puppets. She will exercise both her hands and her imagination.What you can do at home: For infants, draw faces on your fingers and wiggle them as you make the puppets talk and sing. For toddlers, make and decorate puppets out of paper bags or old socks.For preschoolers, perform a puppet show.Things you may need:pens or markersFinger puppets or hand puppetsOld socks, gloves, paper bags
PlaythingsMany of the things you have at home make great toys!You don’t need to buy your baby a lot of toys. Color, shape and feel are what’s important. Give your baby a plastic cup, a muffin tin, pots, and pans.Give your baby only one or two things at a time.
The Final MessageHave fun. It may be hard to imagine now, but your baby’s childhood will rush by. Take time to enjoy these special moments together. What your child needs most is your love and your time.
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