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The importance of play in childhood development

The importance of play in childhood development

The way your toddler plays and handles his toys can tell you whether he's hitting the appropriate cognitive and developmental milestones for his age.

At 2, themes of play emerge and strings of imagination come together. Two-year-olds start to use their toys to put together short stories in unique ways.

For example, your child might make a square out of blocks - a sort of room. He puts a girl doll inside the room and says "Go home" as he brings a boy doll closer. "Knock, knock! Come in!" he says as he pushes one block aside to let the second doll enter the room. Then the two dolls embrace.

By playing out a scenario like this, your toddler demonstrates his ability to use symbolic play. That, in turn, brings out imitation, which shows that he understands how his world works. Unstructured toys like blocks help your child exercise his imagination. Give him time and space to create. Show interest, but don't probe too hard  - he's not quite sure what he's up to, either. 

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Love for Boxes

Fanita 2/27/2016
All shipping boxes becomes a new playground for my babies... try to have crayons and finger Paint to play with them.

2 years old

Hope Dale 2/16/2016
my little guy loves blocks, and mega blocks that he can put together...not much talking yet though...

symbolic play

12/18/2015
We don't watch tv and our 19 month old already shows some signs of symbolic play.

Good one

Shashank 10/30/2015
I bought a block builder from my babby turnign 2 and he builds it
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