Playtime is valuable for any child to learn key life skills while having fun. With your time at home, you can still find ways for your child to enjoy constructive developmental play. Here are three developmental activities that your child can do at home.
It’s very easy to create your own sensory play environment from things that you have around the house. Sensory play can be anything that encourages your child to engage their senses. For example, if you have a sandbox outside, then you already have a place for sensory play. Or you can take a plastic box or bowl and put some sand or dirt in it. Also, there are a lot of recipes for safe, homemade play dough online. Fingerpainting is another good form of sensory play. Water play is also fun, and you can turn on the house outside or wait until bathtime and give your child some waterproof bath toys. Either way, sensory play tends to be messy, so make sure your child cleans up afterward.
Some children really enjoy pretending and role-playing games. If you feel comfortable playing with letting your child into your closet, then they can play dress-up with some of your clothes. Or you can pick out a few accessories that you don’t mind them playing with, such as hats and jackets. The way role-playing and pretending works at a developmental level is that it lets your child practice various roles of adult life, like talking about what they want to be when they grow up. Also, cooking is another great way to build life skills while having fun. You can cool with your child for real or pretend cook while playing house.
Puzzles and Board Games
For older children, games that give the mind a workout, like puzzles, can be both fun and challenging. If you have an old jigsaw puzzle that you haven’t tried yet, then now could be the time. Even if it seems a bit too hard for your child, you can work on it with them. Or, you can easily find puzzles online in the form of print-out mazes, crossword puzzles, and more.
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