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If you are a busy parent, it’s essential for you to teach your little one to have some independent play time so that they can entertain on their own. It’s quite a sanity-saver activity! Not just this, independent play time helps in developing both critical-thinking skills and creativity in your kids.
At first, encouraging the little one to play on their own can become a daunting task, but in reality, it’s way different. With plenty of patience and yes of course expert tips you can do this task very well and it will not take much time too!
Tips to encourage independent play time
Here are a few things you can try to help encourage your kid perform activities on their own –
1.Give them the right kind of attention:
Initially you have to make sure that your kid is getting enough and undivided attention at first while teaching. Even though you are teaching them to play independently, you have to devote most of your time to help them learn better.
2. Stick to a Routine
Plan a routine beforehand, you can do it a night before or in the morning too, whatever works best for you. Later, stick to that plan and inform your kid about the same, in this way, they will also learn the importance of sticking to a specific routine.
3. Keep different Activities planned Only for Independent Play Times
I often keep a stash of games and activities specifically for independent playing. This trick is basically for keeping the little one engaged and excited throughout the process. But you have to make sure that your little one will not have much access to the stash, and it’ll be a surprise for them.
4. Let Them play and Get Messier
The more the messier they will get, the more they will learn. Don’t scold your kid much if they get dirty. You can try some ideas like making a mud pie, put sand in a clear bin, or build a sandbox for them. You can also give them sprinklers, water balloons, or squirt guns.
Benefits of Independent Play Time
When children play independently, they become well-rounded individuals as they learn many valuable lessons of life. They totally enjoy whether they’re in large crowds or in small groups. Here are few more reasons why playing alone is important for children.
1) Teaches them to Entertainment themselves.
Kids who play by themselves don’t count on others for their happiness and entertainment. Sooner they will be more confident and satisfied individual.
2)Playing on Their Own Increases Creativity
Solo time fosters imagination. I don’t give too many toys which urges my daughter to really dig into whatever she is doing. I can see her trying new things, She colours her doll hairs and make her clothes out of the balloons. This encourages them to explore and discover a little without us.
3) Creates Routine, Discipline, & Security
Many mothers think that simply being near their child will bring security No matter how much you try, you have chores to do and lot of other stuff to do. When your kids know how to play by themselves, they realize you’re not ignoring them by not playing with them. This is one way to build a sense of security and confidence in them.
4) Gets Kids Ready for School
Giving alone time to kids is a must as they get school ready quickly. Don’t let them feel abandoned at first in the process, and let them live fully.
Initially your children can resist independent playtime &you can expect some tears and tantrums too. The key is baby steps. Always Start small, initially My 2-year-old used to play for one hour willingly each morning then She’s used to it enjoy for long duration. Make it a regular part of your routine or rhythm and you will eventually see the results!
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