Do you feel like your everyday playtime activities have become stale or boring for your child — and yourself? Make playtime more interesting for everyone with these creative everyday playtime enhancers, ideas and tips.
More than just playing house
The importance of playtime
When you encourage your children to engage in playtime, you’re helping your child build essential learning skills. Some of these learning skills include:
Do you have to be involved in every minute your child is playing? Not exactly, according to Healthy Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website for parents and caregivers. Independent playtime is essential for growth and can be a relaxing form of downtime for a child. But with busy family schedules, the AAP encourages parents to actively make time for playtime.
Children are curious and will initiate play no matter what the situation, but quality playtime includes a healthy mixture of structured activities, independent play, creative play and age-appropriate interaction.
Children often mimic their parents, peers and use their imaginations when dressing up or playing make believe. Children naturally explore this type of play, but here are some creative ways you can enhance make-believe playtime for your child.
Tip: You can use these same ideas while playing in a pretend kitchen or to keep your child busy while you make dinner for the family.
Make a movie or music video
Social interaction playtime
Puppet shows are a great way to problem solve with your child. Bring a real-life scenario into your story line to talk through problems and brainstorm solutions.
Playing outside is essential for growing children. Put together an obstacle course and cheer each other on or organize an activity that requires teamwork and socialization — like a relay race.
Arts and crafts
Craft time is a great opportunity for social playtime and for showing the importance of working together to achieve the same results. Instead of supplying each child with the supplies to create a project, provide the children with one or two materials (like a glue bottle or paintbrush) to encourage working together and show the importance of sharing.
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