Top Tips for starting to play with your child


  • If you find playing doesn’t come naturally for you, make an appointment: set a special time to play with your child for a few minutes after dinner.
  • Observe: see what your child can do – they may surprise you.
  • Be where your child is: wait at the edge of the play for the child’s cue to join in.
  • To get started, copy some of what the child is doing.


  • Don’t question your child – let them decide and take the lead.
  • Don’t give instructions. Remember, you are the play passenger – not the driver.
  • Don’t try to change the direction of the play (unless it’s getting rough or unsafe).

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