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Child and grandfather playing in the kitchen

Play doesn’t need to involve expensive toys

26 August 2020 | State Library of Queensland

Your child’s favourite toy is you. Children learn best from interacting and playing with the most important people around them. When you spend time playing with your little one, they’re learning how to communicate, problem-solve, self-regulate and practice new skills over and over again in a fun way.

Often when a child has their first birthday, new parents are surprised by the fact that the child is more interested in the boxes or the wrapping paper than the present. Children don’t need expensive toys and often simple everyday objects like a cardboard box or the washing basket with a little imagination can be turned into anything: a boat, a car, a rocket ship.

Mother and child playing in the kitchen with pots and pans

Children don’t need expensive toys and often simple everyday objects can provide hours of fun.

Household items make great interactive toys

Try these ideas for using everyday items around your home to make toys your child will love:

You and your little one might like to explore your cupboards to see what other play treasures you can discover.

Playing with your child is the perfect way to spend time talking, singing and learning together and best of all it’s great fun.

More ideas for activities with everyday objects


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