Playing house – Toddler

playing house toddlerPlaying house helps toddlers try out and practice social skills.

Did you know?

Both boys and girls love imitating adults and everyday routines they have been watching. This is how they try out what they have been learning about how their world works!

Add language

When playing house with your toddler it is helpful to pause and wait for them to initiate the conversation. When they do, try to respond with a short phrase only one or two words more than they used e.g. your toddler says “cup” you could say “yes, red cup”. Keep the conversation going by making encouraging short comments or asking occasional questions.


Sometimes toddlers will use the real objects to play with e.g. sweeping actions with your broom. As they develop they will love to use toy versions of household objects.

Sometimes they will want you to join in their play and sometimes they will want to play alone with their dolls or stuffed toys as family and friends.


Use household play time to discuss the importance of safety e.g. not touching the real kettle/toaster etc.

Across the ages

All the activities listed on our “Play Ideas” page can be applied across different age groups. See how playing house can be fun for babieschildren and playgroups.


Activities listed under “toddler” are suitable for children aged 1-3 years. Toddlers enjoy activities that include exploring their environment and finding out how things work.

Play ideas

Mud pies

Mud pies

sausages playdough

Playdough food