Research shows that a young child remains interested in a toy for longer when one of his parents sits beside him.
Reduce distraction Stay with him Keep them accessible Learn what he’s curious about Let him pick the next one Arrange different play experiences
He will grow weary of every activity eventually, so try to offer him a variety. That allows you to move him to another when you observe that boredom has denitely set in. Your child is more likely to play for longer if he chose it himself. It does not necessarily always work out that way – he might have bought it because he liked the packaging – but getting him involved is worth a try. Boredom increases when your one-year-old can’t reach his toys, perhaps because they are all piled up in a cupboard. Ensure that they are neatly arranged, organised and easily accessible. That way, he doesn’t need to rely on you – when he’s bored, he reaches for whatever he wants.
When you notice your tot playing with a toy for longer than usual, try to identify what it is that engages him so much – for instance, maybe he loves dinosaurs or anything to do with trains. This will help you choose other similar products for him.
Research shows that a young child remains interested in a toy for longer when one of his parents sits beside him. You don’t need to chat or even play with him. Your presence is enough to help hold his attention. Ironically, the more sources of stimulation surrounding your toddler, the less likely he is to concentrate on any one in particular for long. This can make him bored.