The antidote to boredom is not more toys – it’s fewer. Organise your playspace, rotate the toys you put out and offer materials that demand focus and extend thinking. You already have everything you need at home. The trick is knowing how to present it.
The toddler years are a time when children learn to separate from their parents and head off in search of new experiences. It’s a time of fun and discovery but it’s not complicated. All you need are simple materials, carefully presented.
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