Play is a child’s work. It develops their physical and social skills, and teaches children about the world around them. Encourage your child to be curious, and give them new experiences. Having a balance of active and quiet times with new and familiar activities helps them to learn.
Aim to have toys that are suited to your child’s age, stage of development and personality. Try to find toys that can be used in different ways to develop skills and encourage imagination.
Sometimes children are happy playing on their own, and sometimes they like playing with adults or other children. You may need to help them learn how to get along with other children by talking about behavior, like sharing and taking turns. You may need to show them how to play together.
Pre-school services offer children the chance to learn and play with other children. Choosing the right pre-school services or childcare is important for your child’s happiness, development and social skills.
There may be a variety of options available to suit your family/whānau. Some services, like te kōhanga reo and Pacific nation language groups, help children become familiar with cultural values. It’s often a good idea to visit several centres to see what best suits you and your child.
Talk to Plunket staff, friends and neighbours to find out what’s offered in your community.
Your pre-schooler may enjoy:
There are also plenty of outside activities your child can do, also known as Active Movement.
Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan or in a jug. Once boiled mix in:
1½ cups salt
1 tbsp cream of tartar
3 cups flour
2 tbsp oil
Knead the mixture until it’s like dough. It should be smooth and warm. Add a bit more water if the dough is too dry.