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Preschool Play

Apr 29, 2014
A preschooler needs space in which to run and explore. Take him or her on trips to the playground, park, or beach. Encourage him or her to play with other children.

What can I do to help promote play in my child?

Picture of a father teaching his daughter to ride a bike

Although each child is different and may enjoy different toys and interactions, the following are suggestions for activities and toys for the preschooler. A preschooler:

  • Needs space in which to run and explore

  • Enjoys simple sports and other activities

What you can do as a parent:

  • Read to your child.

  • Take trips to the park, beach, and other places.

  • Encourage play with other children.

  • Limit how much TV your child watches.

Toys for the preschooler:

  • Slides

  • Seesaws

  • Toys that can be ridden

  • Small, supervised pool

  • Wagons and wheelbarrows

  • Skates or scooters, if you keep a close eye while your child uses them

  • Dolls

  • Playhouses

  • Trucks, cars, and airplanes

  • Clothes to use to play dress-up

  • Doctor and nurse play equipment

  • Nails, hammer, and saw

  • Play makeup and shaving supplies

  • Books

  • Puzzles

  • Toys that play music

  • Art supplies

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