Play 1 to 2 years

Like almost everything else your child is doing and experiencing, play develops. Your child is now entering what I call the real “toy” stage. This usually begins toward the end of the first year and goes on to reach its peak when a child is between five and six years old.

When children first play with toys, they just examine them and explore them. As they get older, they use their imagination to breathe life into the toys. They like toys that imitate the adult world. Dolls, toy houses, and cars, for example, allow children to act out the scenes they see in real life. At this age, they endow toys with human qualities. They set up houses, homes, and camps, and imagine that their toys are capable of talking and feeling just like ...

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