We should know the benefits of playing by now, maybe with toys or maybe with other things like dolls or loose parts. We should also remember to let our children play by themselves too.
Sometimes we feel sorry for our children when they play alone, we want them to have a friend or feel tempted to play with them. They need this time to play alone though. It will help them to be more creative, increase their attention span and develop independence.
Make sure your child has some appropriate toys that encourage free, individual play, such as action figures or dolls, a playhouse, cars, or model animals. You can encourage your child to create different worlds and situations with these toys. They can create and play and resist the urge to help them. They need the time to play!
Alexander R. Key has been a teacher in Hong Kong for 16 years
and is currently director of Hamilton Hill International Kindergarten in North point