What can I do to help encourage play in my child?
Each child is different and may enjoy different toys and activities. But the following are ideas that may work for your preschooler.
What preschoolers like to do
Keep in mind that a preschooler likes:
Space in which to run and explore
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.
Limit your child's TV access. That means TV no more than 1 to 2 hours per day (Source: American Academy of Pediatrics).
Toys for your preschooler
A preschooler will enjoy:
Toys that can be ridden
A small, supervised pool
Wagons and wheelbarrows
Skates or scooters, if you keep a close eye while your child uses them
Trucks, cars, and airplanes
Clothes to use to play dress-up
Doctor and nurse play equipment
Nails, hammer, and saw
Play makeup and shaving supplies
Toys that play music