Children's imaginations flourish during the preschool years. Play takes up a lot of preschoolers' time, and helps them learn. Dramatic play now becomes popular, and children imitate familiar roles. They also tend to prefer "natural" toys like mud, sand, or water that let them be creative. Likewise, working with art materials also releases creative energy.
Preschoolers do not like too many rules and regulations when they play. They love to invent their own games. Their attention span is short, so activities that take a short time are best. Young children enjoy playing “dress up” and imaginary games.
Preschoolers need close supervision because most play-related accidents and injuries occur within this age group. Check if your child's toys are safe and make sure your child has proper adult supervision.
Look for toy recalls posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) homepage, http://www.CPSC.gov; toll free number 1-800-638-2772. You can search by toy description and manufacturer. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) provides good information on toy safety at http://www.toysafety.net.