Part of a play-based learning philosophy is having materials that will invite the child to play with concepts and ideas. So, being the nut for play and learning that I am, I have shelves and drawers and pockets full of these kinds of materials. A simple material that’s been getting some increased attention from my kids lately is a container full of dice.
How do I get my kids to play independently?
It almost seems like a silly question at first. I mean, kids are programed to play, right?
But many factors that are commonplace in childhood today are making it difficult for many kids to sustain independent play. Distractions, over-scheduling, and the disappearance of play from many early childhood environments are leaving some kids with little experience to draw from when it comes to directing their own play.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Kids Activities Blog. She compiled these Activities for 3 Year olds as part of a guest post today.
We have 3, yes 3 three year olds in our home. We are a mixed family and our “triplets” keep us on our toes. I’ve found that I need to keep my kiddos engaged and busy or there is complete chaos!
Here are 15 simple, easy to do activities that we have used to keep our kids happy and exploring. Be sure to leave a comment of your kids’ favorite ways to play in the comments!
I love the phrase Heather uses in this first chapter.
In essentially talking about the importance of developmentally appropriate practice, she hits home on a very critical point:
It isn’t what kids are doing that is of the greatest concern. It’s what they’re NOT doing.