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Preschool Play

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

Picture of a father teaching his daughter to ride a bike

While all children are different and may enjoy different toys and interactions, the following are suggestions for activities and toys for the 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

  • Regulate your child's television watching

Toys for the preschooler:

  • Slides

  • Seesaws

  • Toys that can be ridden

  • Small, supervised pool

  • Wagons and wheelbarrows

  • Skates

  • Dolls

  • Playhouses

  • Trucks, cars, and airplanes

  • Clothes in which 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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