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We implemented it some time ago, but today I’m sharing with you what Independent Playtime For A Toddler looks like.
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Independent Playtime For a Toddler
Having Jack be content playing on his own as a baby was super handy for when I wanted to take a shower or get some chores done. However, Independent Playtime has evolved into so much more now that Jack has reached toddlerhood.
As well as the benefits I mentioned in the video, I’ve also found that it gives Jack a helpful time of quiet.
There is less outside stimulation which ultimately allows him to focus his full attention on imaginative play. I’ve also found over time that after his playtime, his mood is almost always improved.
Independent Playtime is a win-win in my opinion.
Independent Playtime is about building imagination and problem-solving skills. Therefore, it is important to provide your child with the appropriate toys and books to do so.
When you’re deciding what to leave your child to play with, consider whether it is age-appropriate.
Don’t leave your child with toys that are too young for them or they will get bored quickly. It is equally important not to leave them with toys that are beyond their age, or they will end up frustrated and upset.
It may seem obvious, but I’ll say it anyway. Independent Playtime is not a time for screens or generally any automated toys. I believe screen time can be an awesome tool, but this is just not the time for it. 🙂
Here are some examples of toys that Jack has during Independent Play. For the record, he has just turned two.
If you’ve never tried implementing Independent Playtime, then you can find out all about it in these books. 🙂
I honestly can’t think of any negatives to share with you. Give it a go and see how your child does. 🙂 You can also get your hands on a free cheat sheet for getting started just by signing up below.
Let me know, have you implemented Independent Playtime with your children?
Until next time!
Hi! I’m Christine. I am a former registered nurse, turned stay-at-home mom, turned work-at-home mom!
Motherhood has always been my passion and blogging has only added to that and given me a creative outlet to share about the things I love.
As my blog has grown, my desire to share the knowledge of what makes my life less stressful, simplified, and more fulfilled has become one of my driving forces.
I have a heart for mothers that feel as though they are just existing from day to day and are longing for more. You can find out more about me and my family over on my ‘About Me‘ page.
As well as the abundance of posts you’ll find on my blog, you can also find me over at Today Parenting.