This video gives you tips on how to set up an environment to encourage your child to play independently. Choosing open ended toys and setting them up in an interesting way can keep your child busy for longer periods of time. It is fun to listen in and see how their imagination is working!
Length: 3:23; 3-8 years
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[00:00:07.523]Hi everyone it's a beautiful day.
[00:00:10.092]This afternoon I really want to focus on Crosby
[00:00:14.510]having some time for independent play.
[00:00:16.504]I am sitting on the floor to show his creation
[00:00:19.607]from this morning.
[00:00:20.964]He made a little bed underneath the dining room table,
[00:00:25.551]and he has his lantern there in case it gets dark.
[00:00:29.795]So I'm just gonna take some time to set up a little area
[00:00:33.539]that's really inviting with his toys,
[00:00:36.177]and I'll set them up in ways that he can extend the play
[00:00:39.210]on his own while I'm maybe doing something else.
[00:00:43.506]So I'm going to be choosing toys that are open-ended
[00:00:46.970]meaning that he can play with them in many different ways,
[00:00:49.445]however his imagination takes over,
[00:00:51.543]and I'm really excited to transform his little bed
[00:00:54.870]under the table into something that he can really spend
[00:00:57.530]a lot of time with playing with
[00:00:58.900]after he wakes up from his nap.
[00:01:01.413]I just grabbed some toys that I know he really loves
[00:01:04.219]to play with, and I set them up in way
[00:01:06.394]that is inviting him to play with these certain toys
[00:01:09.343]in this space that I created.
[00:01:11.793]It took me less than five minutes to set up.
[00:01:14.900]I added some books to his bed that he's already created
[00:01:18.993]and I put his lantern up there so he's able to see it.
[00:01:21.804]I have a blanket up on one side and I'll toss a blanket
[00:01:25.711]on the other side to create a fort that he's been
[00:01:28.371]really loving the past couple of weeks.
[00:02:01.540]Crosby has already been playing here for about 15 minutes.
[00:02:05.220]Let's check in on him.
[00:02:09.191]Are you having fun, Cros?
What are you playing with?
[00:02:12.595]I'm playing with my fire truck.
[00:02:18.786]but they're not gonna be happy.
[00:02:25.683]They won't be happy.
[00:02:27.370]Oh my goodness.
[00:02:28.203]It sounds like you're having a lot of fun.
[00:02:36.797]If you have a child or children that are really into art
[00:02:39.979]and creating things, you can set up an art station
[00:02:43.555]with paper, markers, stencils,
[00:02:47.916]crayons, anything really you have around the house
[00:02:50.868]that they could use for art,
[00:02:53.064]and just set it up on the table.
[00:02:55.667]Have them a special spot that they can sit at
[00:02:57.000]and then you can have them independently play there as well.
[00:03:01.800]I hope that everyone has a beautiful day,
[00:03:04.096]and remember to keep checking the page for new videos.
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