(Said book is a great way to introduce little ones to the pretend-play possibilities of the humble box.) Is it a skyscraper? To wit: "My son's 'Batman' costume consisted of frog design mud boots, gray sweatpants, a T-shirt, a brown woven belt with a Crown Royal bag tied around it, and a red winter hat.
It was super hilarious," one Motherboard Mom told us.
"You can set the table with the child, which is a good way to teach mathematics, as the child must use one-to-one correspondence to put out one cup and one spoon for all at the table.
And your child can make up the characters in attendance and practice playing roles."A toddler or preschooler happily chatting it up with his beloved teddy or Elmo or action-figure-du-jour is a pretty sweet sound—not least because this kind of solo play allows you a few much-needed minutes to yourself.
Sturdy, simple, and timeless, a set of wooden blocks gives young children some of their first experiences with constructing, stacking, and arranging.
"They can build with them, learn size and weight and different conventions, and also be creative," says child psychologist Elkind.
In fact, in a recent Motherboard Moms poll nearly 75 percent of moms said their preschoolers engage in make-believe activities every day.
"It has four stories, ladders, trap doors, a swing, a hook, a catapult, and lots of furniture made out of tree bark.
It's a powerful way of discovering the world around her.
(And it's not so bad to have a little helper when cleaning the tub, right?
"Silks" have an especially play-friendly texture and movement, but no kid is going to turn up her nose at her beloved blankie—or even that decorative dishtowel that's just within reach. Break out the tiny cups, saucers, demitasse spoons, and stuffed animals: Long before the term went political, a tea party "allowed children to rehearse the roles of adulthood and learn to take the perspective of the other," says Roberta Golinkoff, Ph.
D., author of A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence.
(Thank you, Elmo.) While every kid's tolerance for solo play is different, Motherboard Moms report that more than half of their preschoolers can sustain solo play for 15 to 30 minutes.