“Will you just go and play!”
I catch myself saying this when my young children are hanging off my legs. Sometimes a child doesn’t know where to start when it comes to play. When this happens, a little effort in terms of set-up, goes a long way.
To be honest, I often don’t want to take the time to instigate play for my children, let alone sit down and play with them. I’m just too busy; I’ve got too much to do; I don’t feel like it. However, what I find is, when I take the time out to be with my children this is what happens:
1. I actually enjoy it!
2. The children play happily and independently for longer periods.
Tips for setting up toys:
1. Try setting up somewhere different. For example, a table, outdoors, in a different room or on a bright coloured picnic mat.
2. Spend 5 minutes with your child/ren before leaving them play (this may be a little tricky if you only have one child but it’s good for a child to play independently so work towards it as a goal).
3. Leave the toys set up. I know it’s good to “pack things away after we have finished with it” but when I take the time to set up toys for the children, they tend to play with it, on and off, throughout the day.
4. Pull out toys your children haven’t played with for a while.