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Toddler Play

Toddler Play

What can I do to help promote play in my child?

While all children are different and may enjoy different toys and interactions, the following are suggestions for activities and toys for the toddler:

  • Toddler:

    • Needs space in which to play and explore

    • Likes sandboxes, swings, and playgrounds

    • Likes to imitate others by pretending to perform adult tasks

    • Likes to play in the water

  • What you can do as a parent:

    • Allow your child to help with chores

    • Read to your child

    • Regulate your child's television watching (The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television before the age 2 and then no more than 1 to 2 hours per day after age 2.)

    • Provide your child with a toy vacuum, pots and pans, and other housekeeping or work toys

Toys for the toddler

  • Toys that can be pushed and pulled

  • Rocking horse

  • Toys that can be ridden safely

  • Balls

  • Playground equipment

  • Shovel and bucket

  • Music

  • Toys that can help with housework, such as brooms, a vacuum, and dishes

  • Dolls

  • Puzzles

Reviewed Date: 04-29-2014

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Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.