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How Do You Encourage Your Child to Play Independently?

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Do your kids spend their playtime building things? What types of toys do they have that encourage building,creativity and independent play?


Every kid loves to play, but can us moms do more to make sure our kids get the most out of playtime? Find out more here!

by on Nov. 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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splatz
by Sarah on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Both of my kids love legos! 

splatz
by Sarah on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:09 PM

My son is the same way with Legos. Love seeing all the fun stuff he comes up with! We don't have any Tinker Toys. What are they exactly? 

Quoting Reina13:

 My son will get lost in his own little world of legos. He also loves tinker toys. He has a pretty vivid imagination, so he will play for hours it seems.


splatz
by Sarah on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:11 PM

The scrapbook is such a fun idea! 

Quoting Jinxed8:

DD is almost 10 years old - last year for Christmas I got her an easel, acrylic paints, some dry pastels, paint brushes. My MIL also got her a scrap booking kit that has kept her busy as well as a fun way to conserve photos and souvenirs.


splatz
by Sarah on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:15 PM

I know your son is grown now, but what were some of his favorite toys/activities? I remember lincoln logs & other sorts of block type things being something I really enjoyed. I feel like most toys now are all too electronic. 

Quoting MichelleMc:

Sure did. It is the best thing you can do. If you do it from a young age, it comes naturally. 


DACIA79
by Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM
Playing independently was never the problem getting my oldest to play with others was the issue.
MichelleMc
by on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Little People!! They were awesome. We have the little people almost anything, ROFL. Bus, Farm, We found like everything. If we went somewhere & he needed something to keep him busy. He would just play for hours. It was a little people & a book. Nascar hotwheels also. We were into Nascar & he had hundreds of them. He would line them up on race day & he would have ambulance, fire trucks, and all for the in the circle just like on race day. He had other hot wheels too he would play with. 

It moved to Rescue Heroes & then like WWII Army Men after that. They were like GI Joes but all WWII with scenes, vehicles, etc. He is a WWII Addict. 

His bike. He got a bike at 3. In a few months, he threw away his training wheels. We had to continue to throw away training wheels for years, LOL, when we replaced his bike, but he was on his bike every single day. Rain or shine most times & even in the winter a lot. 

I didn't allow alot of electronics. He wasn't allowed a game system until he was 8. I still stand by that age. He did get a leap pad reading book system thingy ( not sure on the name, but that is ALL it did, Put in books, and helped him read ) And some computer games that were only educational on our computer. 

His imagination is amazing. He writes stories also to this day. He is going to be taking writing & english classes in the Army to get ready for when he gets out & goes to college. 

Quoting splatz:

I know your son is grown now, but what were some of his favorite toys/activities? I remember lincoln logs & other sorts of block type things being something I really enjoyed. I feel like most toys now are all too electronic. 

Quoting MichelleMc:

Sure did. It is the best thing you can do. If you do it from a young age, it comes naturally. 



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Reina13
by Bronze Member on Nov. 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM

I had them when I was a little girl so I bought them for my sons too.

Quoting splatz:

My son is the same way with Legos. Love seeing all the fun stuff he comes up with! We don't have any Tinker Toys. What are they exactly? 

Quoting Reina13:

 My son will get lost in his own little world of legos. He also loves tinker toys. He has a pretty vivid imagination, so he will play for hours it seems.



MistressMinerva
by Jennifer on Nov. 22, 2013 at 5:22 PM

My daughter was that kid that spent most of her time with her friends on there bikes outside.

splatz
by Sarah on Nov. 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Those look really neat!

Quoting Reina13:

I had them when I was a little girl so I bought them for my sons too.

Quoting splatz:

My son is the same way with Legos. Love seeing all the fun stuff he comes up with! We don't have any Tinker Toys. What are they exactly? 

Quoting Reina13:

 My son will get lost in his own little world of legos. He also loves tinker toys. He has a pretty vivid imagination, so he will play for hours it seems.




Beautifulmom513
by Member on Nov. 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

my son was an only child til he was 11 years old. so he plays very well by himself. he is use to it. he has a lot of legos and action figures.

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