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Dad Advice: Aiding your Toddlers at Play

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 30-01-2007


  • If you’re working in your study, empty one of the cabinets under the bureau. Young children enjoy hiding things there, then retrieving their treasures. Some even climb inside to play hide and seek – but make sure the area is free from sharp objects and can be opened easily from inside if a child is going to play there

  • Construct a tent with chairs and a sheet in the room where you will be working. Then, one at a time, offer your toddlers objects to use in the tent

  • When they tire of their book, for example, tell them it’s time for the teddy bear to take a nap in the tent, and let them tuck him in. When they next tire of the game, offer them a juice box and tell them its snack time in the tent. This will keep them refreshed and on their toes for the next activity

  • Spread a plastic tablecloth on the floor and provide homemade play dough and plastic cookie cutters. Have several colors available, but offer only one at a time. When your tots tire of the first color, take it back and replace it excitedly with another