Playing with Toys


Playing with toys

Find toys that can be manipulated by your child or that have parts that can be played with. Any kind of manipulation toy will work or such things as a farm, a school house, dolls, cars, etc.

What to do

  1. Find the toy you want to play with.
  2. Sit on the floor or at a table with your child
  3. Engage your child by either saying your child’s name or touching your child’s arm.
  4. Say “Let’s play with the farm”, and show your child how to move the animals and what an animal would do. Do the sounds of the animals and describe what you’re doing.
  5. Prompt your child to do what you did or give instruction “do this (show motion you want your child to repeat)”.
  6. Start by using the imitation approach. Say “do this (show motion), once that is mastered move on to a receptive instruction and eventually your child should learn to play for example farm.

Playing with toys should be a fun way to learn to play. Expose your child as much as possible and make it fun. The more you show your child how to play the easier it should be for your child to learn.


It might take your child a couple of days, weeks or maybe even month to learn how to play with a toy. Don’t give up!

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