This post is sponsored by Fisher-Price.
Do you have a toddler who enjoys imaginative play? AJ is now seventeen months and I love observing her play as it evolves to include more meaningful interaction with a range of simple props. Here are three of her current, favourite ways to play…
1. The Washing Basket (or a cardboard box)
Do you remember riding in the washing basket as a kid? Was it a plane? A boat? A car? A train? With a little imagination and a cheerful song our washing basket transforms into whichever vehicle we wish it to be.
We often like to sing our favourite transport songs as we ‘zoom’ around the room. Do you know these children’s songs?
- Up in the Air I Fly, Zoom, Zoom a Zoom a Zoom Zoom
- The Wheels on the Bus
- The Little Red Engine
- Row, Row, Row Your Boat
- Down By the Station Early in the Morning
- Take You Driving in My Car, Car
- Train is a-Coming, Oh Yeah
2. Dress Ups
Toddlers enjoy imitating their Mum, Dad, siblings and other significant family members by dressing up with simple accessories. It’s easy to get started with a small collection of everyday items such as;
- Hand bags,
- Old watches,
- Wallets and purses,
- Old mobile phones, and
- Adult-sized flat shoes.
Your collection can be added to over time to include commercially produced or homemade items such as character costumes, fairy wings, capes, masks and animal tails.
Having a mirror at a height that toddlers can see themself in is wonderful for supporting their developing sense of self, and storing your dress ups in an easily accessible basket or on some low hooks will encourage your toddler’s developing capacity for independent play.
3. Picnic or tea party
This invitation to play is perfect for involving older siblings – in both the set up and the play.
To create your own playtime picnic simply spread out a blanket (inside or outdoors) and add a collection of non-breakable cups and bowls, a tea pot and some pretend food (or coincide the picnic with afternoon tea time and set out your child’s real food snacks – as I did in this post).
Don’t forget to invite your child’s favourite soft toys to the party – the more the merrier!
This post features Fisher-Price’s Laugh & Learn Puppy and Laugh & Learn Love to Play Sis. Suitable for babies and toddlers from six months of age, each of these cuddly friends combines play and learning for little ones, responding to their touch with sweet sayings, music and familiar childhood songs such as If You’re Happy and You Know It and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
What are your toddler’s favourite ways to play?
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