Boosting Your Toddler’s Social Development Through Learning Activities

When there is time for play, there is time for learning. Engage your tot with these easy learning activities.

WORDS STEPHANIE CLARISSA

 

In the area of social development, it is important to incorporate play and activity into your child’s routine to allow him to reach social and emotional milestones. It is important to include constant and effective communication with your child to keep them engaged along with being more socially aware. As parents, you can teach your child to be socially relevant in their respective circle of friends or playgroups in school. You can use daily routines such as walks and mealtimes to talk about family and friends. This is not only a special time that strengthens your bond but it also nurtures and supports your child’s social and emotional growth. Having a bonding session with your child helps him express his thoughts creatively and also provides a good start to crafting a voice of their own, by describing or expressing opinions about their experiences in play groups.

 

 

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Pretend Play

Thinking of an activity that helps to encourage social awareness and imitation? Have a pretend play party! You can decide on a theme for the day, for example, having a tea party or going to the hairdresser. You can also prepare lots of toys and props for play. In order to make this more “real”, consider engaging your child in the actual activity first and then head home to “re-enact” the scenario.

 

Turn-taking

This activity helps to teach turn taking. Parents can use any of the activities mentioned above and teach their toddler to wait for their turn during play and learning.

 

Introduce Your Toddler to a Playmate

Making new friends and building new relationships with other children are vital in promoting communication. Socialising is a good way for your child to interact with other children.

 

 

A playmate elevates the element of fun, where your child

can play games and bond with other children as a combined

effort to make the experience more appreciated.

 

 

Schedule Individual Playtime

At this age, your tot will be better at playing on his own as well. It helps to build independence and creativity to formulate ideas or solutions on his own accord, for example, while building a block tower or solving a number sequence. You can also make it a habit to allow your child to speak up or share about his experience. This type of reflection, preferably right after doing the activity helps your child to self-express. This aids in building confidence at such a young age.

 

 

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