In the pre-school years, your child matures in many ways – their ability to think and imagine dominates their play and learning. They will spend longer concentrating on an activity and have a vivid imagination in their play.
They love to pretend they are a character, and dress up and act the character. They will also create imaginary characters to play with, or treat their doll or teddy bear as a real person. It is important not to dismiss or limit their imaginative play. Encourage this – be positive and interested in what they are doing. Let them know that you are proud of them and their effort to try new things and be independent.
Let them help you prepare food and cook – but make sure it is safe and always supervise them in the kitchen.
Types of play to enhance their development
Activities around the home
Music is a great release for toddlers – they love dancing and performing in front of their parents.
The list is endless and so is their energy and imagination. Remember to play safely and have fun with your child.
Chapter 3 Growing Up