Independent play time is one of my favorite parenting tools.
Just imagine having a child that is happy playing on their own while you can get things done around the house or just simply take a minute to relax.
With independent play you can.
For some kids, it comes natural to entertain themselves. For most, though, solo play has to be taught. And that’s where toys for independent play come in.
In this post, I’ve listed my favorite independent play toys for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers to help you get started.
Benefits of independent play
Independent play is great for several reasons. For starters, it’s when kids learn to be resourceful, to solve problems on their own, to engage their imaginations and build their own worlds and stories.
It’s during independent play that their imaginations take over and they get to flex their creative muscles. They build things with their minds and their hands. For this reason, knowing how to encourage independent play is vital for their development.
How to encourage independent play
The best way we can encourage independent play is to provide our kids with a safe, comfortable space where they feel warm and encouraged to play alone and let their imagination take over.
We can do this by removing screens and other distractions, and by providing them with the best toys for independent play to flourish and engage their hands, eyes, and brains.