1-2 Years

Play tips 1-2 years

Your child is learning all the time. Play stimulates her brain and helps her start making sense of the world. Play also helps your child build confidence, feel loved and develop communication, social and physical skills.

Here are some fun play ideas for you and your child at this age:

  • Read together: you can encourage your child’s talking and imagination by reading together, telling stories, singing songs and reciting nursery rhymes.
  • Explore: let your child play with household items like blocks, pegs, cups of water, plastic containers and cardboard boxes. These make fun toys and will spark your child’s budding imagination!
  • Communicate: listen to and talk with your child. This encourages two-way conversation and helps build his communication skills. It also makes him feel valued and loved.
  • Play outdoors: this gives your child the chance to explore the environment and have adventures. She can play favourite games, test her physical limits, express herself and build her self-confidence.

Things to remember

  1. Name and talk about everyday things – body parts, toys and household items like spoons or chairs. This helps develop your child’s language skills. It also helps her to understand concepts like colours and sizes. The more talk the better!
  2. Make time for indoor and outdoor play, including play with other children. Play helps your child find out how things work.
  3. Encourage everyday skills like using a spoon, drinking from a cup and taking off a hat. Try to give your child the chance to do some of these things for himself. Learning these skills gives your child a sense of achievement and helps him become more independent.
  4. Celebrate the mess at mealtimes – your child is learning to feed herself. How amazing is that!