I don't know about you but I see this all the time. Adults will throw toys in their kids direction and say “play”. They may not know how to play. You need to learn how to play. We need to sit down with our children and actually teach them how to play with the toys. They will learn some nuances on their own but we need to teach them the basics.

You ever notice how you can have a floor full of toys and all your child wants to do is play with the outlets or the remote? They want what is on the table or just out of reach. They will want to play with everything but the toys. Why? Because we play with everything but the toys and they watch our every move. They want your phone or your beverage glass because that is what they see you “play” with. Spend some time on the floor playing with their toys and they will want those too.

It may sound crazy but you can teach your kids that there is a world outside the front door too. Take them out in the yard and teach them how to get dirty and get their hands in the earth. My grandsons are so lucky to have Gramma around to make sure they get outside and learn how to grow things and become one with the animals and critters. Drop the i pad, get on your floor or in the dirt, on the kids level, and teach them how fun toys and the outdoors can be. Enjoy!