Mothers & Babies

Thursday 24 July 2014

Take a few minutes out and have some fun with your child

Published 29/06/2009|00:00

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Sarah has these tips for parents on ways to play with their children.

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  • Create a play space in your home.
  • Provide open-ended play materials and toys that encourage imaginary and active play that can be played with in more than one way -- for example old telephones or mobile phones, cooking utensils and saucepans, old clothes and hats, dolls, writing materials and old cardboard boxes, building blocks, etc.
  • Make time to engage in child-led imaginary and make-believe free play.
  • Follow your child's lead and let him/her develop the play themes.
  • Try to avoid asking questions and directing the play activity.
  • Show your child that he/she has your undivided attention by providing a play commentary of their activity.
  • Positive parent-and-child play experiences can help develop strong emotional bonds and are an opportunity to engage fully with your child.
  • Playing with your child is an opportunity to see the world through your child's eyes and creates a bank of positive feelings and experiences to draw upon in more difficult times.
  • Set limits for unsafe and unacceptable behaviour.
  • Have fun -- playfulness and humour are associated with good mental health.
  • Playing with your child can be stress relief for busy parents!

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