Children's Health and Wellness

Preschool Play

What can I do to help promote play in my child?

Picture of a father teaching his daughter to ride a bike

While all children are different and may enjoy different toys and interactions, the following are suggestions for activities and toys for the preschooler:

  • Needs space in which to run and explore

  • Enjoys simple sports and other activities

What you can do as a parent:

  • Read to your child

  • Take trips to the park, beach, and other places

  • Encourage play with other children

  • Regulate your child's television watching

Toys for the preschooler:

  • Slides

  • Seesaws

  • Toys that can be ridden

  • Small, supervised pool

  • Wagons and wheelbarrows

  • Skates

  • Dolls

  • Playhouses

  • Trucks, cars, and airplanes

  • Clothes in which to play dress-up

  • Doctor and nurse play equipment

  • Nails, hammer, and saw

  • Play makeup and shaving supplies

  • Books

  • Puzzles

  • Toys that play music

  • Art supplies

Print Source: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. Kleigman, Robert M. MD. 18th edition, 2007, pp. 55-6.
Print Source: The Importance of Play in Promoting. Ginsburg, Kenneth R. Pediatrics, 2007, 1;119, pp. 182-91.
Online Source: Pediatrics
Online Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Online Editor: Sims, Jane
Online Medical Reviewer: Haines, Cynthia, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Kanipe, Jennifer, RN, BSN
Date Last Reviewed: 4/11/2011
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