Play is essential to your toddler's development. It allows them to explore and make sense of the world around them, while developing key social, emotional and cognitive skills. Unstructured play is particularly important at this age. By providing a safe environment for your toddler to follow their interests, try out ideas, practice new skills and take appropriate risks, you can help build their self-esteem and confidence as well as boost their creativity and imagination.
Adults have a crucial role to play - not only in providing the appropriate toys, resources, environment and opportunities for play, but also in joining in! Play is a wonderful way to connect with you toddler, to help them feel loved and secure and to help them develop language and communication skills. Play is good for Mum's and Dad's health and wellbeing too!
Are you searching for toys and play ideas to keep your toddler busy and engaged? In this guide, we hear from teacher and mum of four, Jess, who shares some of the wonderful ways she encourages her toddler to play: