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Welcome back to my Blog Series: The Importance of Play. If you haven’t read my first post in this series: Play and Language Milestones, I suggest you check it out before reading this one. Now that I have given you all a little bit of background about the development of play and language skills, I would love to talk to you about some of my favorite toys for play and language development. I get asked frequently about what toys parents should buy for their children. And when you are standing on the toy aisle, I encourage everyone to think about what will promote the most imagination from your child and what toy can be used in many different ways.
Two of my favorite toys (and your child may already own them) are Blocks & Babies. The possibilities are endless for ways to play with these and the language skills that you can facilitate by using these toys. I also love these toys because they are two that can be enjoyed from a very early age and for many years to come. Here are some ideas of how to use Blocks & Babies to promote play and language development during the first 2 years.
I'm going to continue to use the Westby Play Scale to outline skills are various ages for you to more easily follow along with my suggestions.
Phase 1: Presymbolic
Presymbolic Level 1: 8-12 months
Presymbolic Level 2: 13-17 months
Phase 2: Symbolic
Symbolic Level 1: 17-19 months
Symbolic Level 2: 19-22 months
Symbolic Level 3: 2 years
Play and Language growth are so important for your child’s overall development! I hope you picked up some tips on how to use Block & Babies during the early years can be used to stimulate your child’s play and language. These are really two perfect toys for expanding your child’s play and language skills. Not to mention that they are toys your child will benefit from for years! Make sure to look out for my next post in this Blog Series: The Importance of Play. Post #3 will talk about MORE about Blocks & Babies and how to use these simple toys to stimulate play and language development beyond 2 years of age.
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