Playtime is special. Not only is it fun, but it is critical to children’s development. Play is their “work” and their way of learning about the world around them. Through play, babies and toddlers try out new skills, explore their imagination and creativity, and learn about relationships with other people.
Any activity can be playful to young children, whether it’s rolling trucks back and forth or sorting socks. And any type of play can offer multiple opportunities to learn and practice new skills:
As a parent, you are your child’s very first and favorite playmate. From the very beginning of your child’s life, he is playing with you, whether he is watching your face as you feed him or listening to your voice as you sing to him during his diaper change. He is at work, learning and exploring.

So what can you do to make the most of your child’s playtime?

Follow your child’s lead
Go slowly
Read your child’s signals
Look at your play space
Adapt play activities to meet your child’s needs
Think about the environment
How does your child respond to new things?
How does your child react to different textures, smells,and taste?
Involve siblings and peers

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