Playing should be your toddler’s full-time job. You can help them along by encouraging them to explore the different kinds of play and by playing with them.

• Your toddler will need at least 3 hours of physical activity spread through the day to build healthy bones, muscles, heart and lungs. Get them jumping, skipping, climbing and running as much as possible.
• Find other toddlers for your child to play with. This will help them build strong social skills such as sharing and taking turns.
Use these tips to encourage your child to play in creative ways.
Learn more about the different kinds of play. Have your child explore them all.

Your child will not need a lot of toys. Most everyday objects around your home could be used in fun ways. Make sure that whatever your child is playing with will not be able to fit into his or her mouth and that it has no small parts.

Learn more about play and its impact on your toddler’s development.