How many times did you play I Spy as your parent drove you to Grandma’s house or a friend’s house? What about the time you and your sister may have grabbed a blanket and threw it over the chair or table to pretend it was a tent? Sometimes the best toy is really not an actual toy at all.
Sometimes the toy is an empty box, or your imagination, or a verbal game in the car. Sometimes the best toy the song you sing in the car or when you wrestle with your brother or sister on the floor for fun, or maybe it is when dad lifts you up in the air like an airplane.
Be the toy! Play with your child in ways that are imaginary and fun. Don’t feel that has a parent you need to spend lots of time and money on the “perfect” toy. You are the “perfect” toy for your child. Spend time with your child and rediscover fun things that you can do together. Feel free while you are spending time with your child to talk with them, share an imaginary experience, see the world through their eyes and just be silly. Pretend, laugh and give yourself permission to be a kid again with your child.
Research shows the value of play and the power of parent-child interactions and the positive impact that they have on a child’s development.
I would like to share two articles that address the importance of play and I hope that they provide some great ideas of different ways that you can interact with your child through play. Enjoy!
Article Let Them Play It's Good For Them
Montessori Book Recommendation: Teach Me To Do It Myself,
Supporting Outdoor Play and Exploration and Exploration for Infants and Toddlers, Early Head Start National Resource Center
Play: Ten Power Boosts for Children’s Early Learning by Alice Sterling Honig