I wish I had gotten a picture of yesterday's train tracks/post office being attacked by a light up frog when Spiderman comes to save the day! He tends to be so focused on the set-up that when he is playing, I usually take that time to read emails, Check out Facebook, and even write blog posts. Yesterday I started feeling guilty that I had been spending so much time on the computer that I turned it off and said "Can I play?"
"Can I play?" Three simple words can have a huge impact on your child! I can remember telling parents about the importance of play during my days of early intervention. So why, as a parent myself, have I forgotten how important being involved in your child's play really is? Anyway, you should have seen the look on his face when I asked if I could play with him...Bright eyes, huge smile and "Of course you can!" I got down on the floor and grabbed a train (trains are involved in pretty much every type of play at my house). We played for a while - adding characters, changing the set up, creating problems and solutions. We had lots of fun and, I like to think, worked on some cognitive and linguistic skills as well (problem solving, pragmatics, etc.).
The moment I saw the look on Matthew's face when I asked him those three simple words, "Can I play?," was an AHA! moment for me. I wanted to share this post with you as a gentle reminder to ask your kids if you can join their play every once in a while. Get down on the floor and get involved in the play! I promise your child won't be the only one who enjoys it!