Its a well known fact that routines help children to feel secure and children also love to mimic and most have a very caring nature about them. This wonderful game allows your little one to act out some of the routines day to day, mimic and practice the art of caring for others, while teaching them how they are cared for, simultaneously building language and intellectual abilities.
From around the age of two years old, this is a wonderful game to play. Pick a favorite doll or teddy that your child is really attached too perhaps one that already has a few items of clothing. Then create some daily routine stations around the child’s bedrooms or around the house. Include a breakfast snack in a bowl, and a toothbrush. Have some toys to play with, a lunch snack on a plate, a washcloth, and an outdoor object or toy, like a stroller, or a ball. Create a special place for ‘putting to bed’ with a blanket and a mini pillow. Before your child wakes up, put the toy (teddy or doll), to ‘sleep’ in the bed.
To start the game, in the morning say ‘Oh look, your best friend (toys name) has come to play. Its time to get up to help him (or her). You would now go through the daily routine, getting your child to assist the toy to do all the things he or she does. For example show your child how to wake their toy up and make the bed. Get teddy dressed, eat breakfast together, help your toddler brush their toys ‘teeth’, play with toys together, eat lunch, wash hands and face and go to play outdoors together. They can even act at ‘reading’ to their ‘friend’ for example when it’s time for bed.
This game also helps develop fine and gross motor skills when the child performs tasks such as feeding their little friend.
Written by: Bianca Steyn
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