Play time

Play time

Help your child grow and develop through playing. There are many things you and your child can do together.

Give your baby on the move:

  • plastic cups and safe things to put in and take out of the cups (Make sure she cannot swallow the cups and objects.)
  • boxes for stacking, pushing and climbing (Make sure she doesn't get too high off the ground.)
  • soft balls or stuffed animals to throw
  • soft dolls
  • pots, pans, plastic bowls and wooden spoons
  • plastic bowls and lids to take off, put on and stack
  • squeaky toys
  • balls

You may want to designate the bottom kitchen cupboard or drawer for pots, pans, wooden spoons and plastic containers. Let your baby go to the drawer whenever she wants and explore.

Play games, such as "pat-a-cake," "peek-a-boo" and "so big." Hold your baby up to a mirror and play these games so she can see what you are doing.

Play music and "dance" with your baby. Sing to her. Clap with your baby. Name objects as you play with them. Read to your baby and show her lots of picture books.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. For inclusivity, this guide uses "them" and "their."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016