By Kaili EtsMar 31, 2023
Pretend play continues to mature during this age, especially around everyday activities like caring for a doll, cooking in the kitchen and playing house, cleaning, and grocery shopping.
Rainy day activities like puppet play can be a fun way to mix things up. Being just like you is the most fun. And your child will likely want to help you do daily activities like cooking, cleaning, and the laundry—allow them to participate.
Not only are you spending some quality time together while getting necessary chores done, but you are also encouraging their development and learning of those things, too.
Encouraging reading habits is a great developmental activity for toddlers, but don’t expect them to sit still for an entire book. You can read to them while they climb all over you or on the couch.
Be flexible in where you start the book and how much you read (they may want to start in the middle and not sit through it from start to finish). Let them guide you, even if you’re only reading one to two pages at a time.
This is also the age when your toddler will start to test boundaries and want to experiment more with their newfound independence.
You will often hear them say, “me do”. Go ahead and let them try. Make sure to plan some extra time into your day to allow the many, many attempts.
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