Independent Play Activities for Babies and Toddlers

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As a work from home parent with a child or children at home, sometimes you just need to buy a little extra time by use of independent play activities. My husband and I knew from the beginning we wanted to teach and encourage independent play with our child. Not only is it beneficial for the child’s development, but it’s a helpful skill when the supervising parent needs to work from home… or just needs a break from playing Candy Land for the fourth time in a day.

What is independent play?

Independent play is when a child is engrossed in an activity without the need for an adult to participate, help, or watch. It does not mean leave your child alone unsupervised, rather, take a step back, don’t interrupt or interject with questions or directives.

Independent Play Activities for Babies

Activity Cube
Stacking Rings

Independent Play Activities for Toddlers

Water Table
Flower Garden Building
Kinetic Sand
Wooden Puzzles

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After earning my Masters in Education, I started working in education technology and most recently found myself at a publishing company. I started working from home after the birth of our first child seven years ago. We now have three kids, ages 7, 4, and 2.