Posted in Activities & Enrichment, Behavior, Preschoolers

Encouraging independent play

My son is an only child. He does not play well by himself. I always have to play with him or watch him do the playing. If I step away to do some “adulting“he’s begging that I watch this, look at this look at that. I try to mix up His toys but he is a child that really needs someONE to play with not things, I think. He’ll be an only child so he needs to learn independent play. How do I encourage and teach this?

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Apr 15

    He will definitely at moments need social Play. But there are also ways to encourage independent play. The hands on as we grow blog (, a pop up will show up in a few seconds inviting you to the challenge) has a week long challenge coming up next week that is focused on independent play, they give you an activity each day to try. My personal advice is it’s a combo of rotating toys, having the right toys (like legos, blocks, and imaginary play like kitchen or dress up), and allowing the child and yourself to be comfortable with being bored and not you solving his need. I hope this helps.