teaching your toddler independent play
Guys I am a busy mom. I COUNT on Don to be able to play alone so that I can get a few things done each day. When I learned that my encouraging him to play by himself was good for him, I was thrilled. Is that not the best win win situation ever?! I wanted to tell you why its so beneficial and give you some tips on teaching your toddler independent play.
why independent play is important
Let’s start with a quote from Dr. Sheila Anderson, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Education at Weber State University. She says that during independent play,
Children freely express feelings and ideas, exercise imagination, and feel the joy of self-discovery.” She goes on to explain that, “This fosters creativity. As they plan and carry out their own ideas, confidence emerges, as well as the ability to sustain attention, and persist in problem solving.”
So independent play (whenever a child plays on their own) builds creativity, imagination, talents, and helps a child develop a sense of who they are. It teaches self reliance and problem solving. So we can all agree this is an worthy goal! Now on to how to actually get your toddler to play on their own. [Read more…]