in last month's newsletter we gave tips on "proactive play" and today we would like to expand on those recommendations.
When engaged in proactive play, which we recommend you do everyday, it is important to be "one step ahead" of your child. Proactive play is fully engaged and in order to reduce the likelihood that your child will get bored and walk away, you want to be moving through activities.
When you start to notice signs that your child is getting bored (talking less, gazing away, taking longer to take items from your hands), you will want to rotate in the new toy and increase your child's interest.
You are setting up a train track with your child. You have the container of trains and are handing them to your child each time he indicates he is interested.
You son starts to lay down on the ground and look at the train coming down the track. He no longer looks to you for more tracks or trains.
You grab the container of blocks and start building a city around the tracks (this is being one step ahead) and your child sits up and starts talking to you and laughing and interacting. In your head you think about what you will switch to when building loses its appeal.
If you have questions about proactive play please contact us.