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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


Online Medical Reviewer: Finke, Amy, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 04/29/2014
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