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GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT :: Play

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:

preschooler:

  • needs space in which to run and explore
  • swim lessons
  • 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 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

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