How play develops with your child

29 Apr 2016


As your child grows, the way he plays will change – he’ll get more creative and experiment more with toys, games and ideas. This might mean he needs more space and time to play.

Also, children progress through different forms of play as they grow. This includes playing alone, playing alongside other children and interactive play with other children.

For babies, the best toy is you. Just looking at your face and hearing your voice is play for your new baby, especially if you’re smiling. 

You might like to try using the following to play with your little one: 

•  music, songs, bells or containers filled with different objects: these objects can help develop hearing and movement 

•  objects of different sizes, colours and shapes: these can encourage reaching and grasping 

•  sturdy furniture, balls, toys or boxes: these can get your child crawling, standing and walking. 

Tummy time and floor play are important for your baby’s development. Tummy time helps your baby develop movement control by strengthening head, neck and body muscles. It also allows your baby to see and experience the world from a different perspective.



Raising Children Network Editorial Team. (2015). Why play is important, How play develops with your child. Raising Children [Online]. Available: [September 2, 2015]


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