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Very interesting post. I've been wondering whether I spend enough time engaging Little Guy in play on the ground with his toys. I would say I do it for at least an hour a day, but it's never really all at once. Also, right now, he really likes to just walk around the house and look into cupboards and stuff. I will follow him around and make remarks to him here and there about what he's looking at. Would that count as "play"?

Jill Urbane, The Mentor Mom

Good question! Any time we are interacting with our little ones, we are helping them learn. It may not be "play" per se, but commenting on what he is doing is a great way to work on language development. Allowing him to explore his environnment is equally important.

Little ones have a tendancy to flit from one activity to another, so it may be difficult to get him to stay on one activity for a whole hour. Rather, the idea is that you have periods throughout the day where you are engaged in play with him and he has your undivided attention. Being fully engaged in the moment sends him the message that he is important and helps builds self-esteem.

I hope that answers your question! Keep doing what you are doing and let me know if you have any other questions and thanks for the post!

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