- 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).