Why it’s important for you to join in the play

Play can help your child develop a range of skills and test out ideas. Joining your child in play is a good way for them to try out new ideas and boost self-esteem.

Follow your child’s lead, ask interesting questions and be supportive of their ideas.

Playtime could involve climbing, making cubbies, bubbles, dressing up, pretending, writing, counting, drawing, building things and much more. You can be involved by providing materials they might want to use for play, such as boxes, hula hoops, craft supplies or dress-up clothes or helping to suggest new activities or games they can try.

While getting involved in your child’s play is important, knowing when to step away from the play and let them carry on exploring by themselves can be just as important.

Learn more about the importance of play here.

Image Child laughs and smiles as their parent plays with them

Published — 06 September 2016 Last updated — 04 November 2016