Top 5 ‘Do Nots’ of Play

Building Blocks Therapy Centre’s 

Top 5 ‘Do Nots’ of Play 

By Alaa Alkaadi

Top 5 'Do Nots' of Play

“Play can be the long-sought bridge back to that deep emotional bond between parent and child. Play, with all its exuberance and delighted togetherness, can ease the stress of parenting. Playful Parenting is a way to enter a child’s world, on the child’s terms, in order to foster closeness, confidence, and connection.” Lawrence Cohen 

Playing is how kids learn and by being a part of how they learn, the parent-child bond becomes greater. At Building Blocks Therapy Centre, we understand the significance of play. Let us share with you some of our top tips:

  1. Avoid dominating children during play: admit it! We all do it, we love to add our extra touch on that play dough cake or sand castle. However this is not play for the child,

    lets enter their world of play.

    Let them be in charge and cook you their version of a pizza. Allowing their creativity and exploring it with them via positive reinforcement.

  2. Play should not be a duty, everyone should take a break from the never ending everyday demands and use those precious opportunities to engage and build upon the parent-child relationship.
  3. Avoid being insistent on the dollhouse or building a train track every time you are asked to play. Routine is boring and will not encourage your child to approach you next time. Change it up now and again, every child loves some ‘rough and tumble’ play.
  4. If that imaginary friend is round to play, then lets welcome them. There are positive functions of having an imaginary friend. For example, they can be a form of comfort or substitute for company and usually help with feelings of loneliness.
  5. Stereotypes are powerful, but by letting him play with a barbie doll, or her with a toy car does not affect their development in any negative way.