Whitney Crosbie, contributing writer, Play in 5 Kits

  1. Use clear containers in your playroom to store toys. This helps your child quicly see what toys are available. 
  2. Set something up for your child to continue playing with. Maybe you set out a few dolls with teacups in their hands or a block tower partially built. 
  3. Start playing with your child and tell them you’ll be back in five minutes. Give them a timer to watch and then come back and continue playing. Slowly increase the time. 
  4. When a playmate isn’t available, encourage your child to use dolls or stuffed animals as a substitute. 
  5. Remember, it takes time! Independent play is a skill!