GOT UN-USED TOYS? Time to brush them off and play:
Here are some ideas to move toys up from the bottom of the toy box.
Bring old favorites back into the rotation:
- hiding pieces around the room first. Give direction clues as your child tries finding the many pieces (“Oooh you’re very close, look under the rug”). Take turns and let your children do the hiding and telling too.
- completing puzzles outside of their given tray or container. Simply try the puzzle on the table or floor, without the edges or matching pieces underneath to aid you. See if your children find this challenge entertaining (for some reason, they usually do).
- adding a game or story once the puzzle is finished. Complete the puzzle, then play guessing games (I Spy something red in the puzzle or Look at this puzzle, it has a food I don’t like to eat. Who can guess it?). For stories, if there are characters or animals in the puzzles, use funny voices together and remove the pieces to create a whole new world for them (“One day this little sheep wanted to see what was outside the farm. So she….”).
To quote someone who knew plenty about children, Mr. Rogers has said, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” So as you step away from your phone, laptop or tablet, I hope you play with your children and those dusty old toys.
Thanks as always for reading. Till the next post, take care.
Vanessa D’Auria is a licensed speech-language pathologist providing home-based services in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. For more information about Vanessa, visit speechtherapyvanessadauria.com or to ask speech/language questions, email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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