Article Share: The Importance of Destructive Play for Babies and Toddlers

The Importance of Destructive Play for Babies and Toddlers

The importance of destructive play might not be obvious. It may look like your baby or toddler is simply destroying things or making a giant mess, but she is actually learning. Here are 5 things that my daughter loves to do that some people (her older brother) may find annoying.

Destructive play is a good thing for babies and toddlers

The Importance of Destructive Play for Babies and Toddlers

#1 Dumping Out Containers

This is the one that my daughter does the most. We have toys “organized” into bins and containers. She loves exploring what’s in the containers by dumping out the contents.

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What They Are Learning:

  • Cause and effect
  • Object permanence – there are objects underneath the ones that we can see
  • Gross motor skills – moving arms to empty the bin, bending over to reach the bin, etc.
  • Fine motor skills – taking out toys one at a time

After dumping out the toys, my daughter will often explore the container – holding it in her hands, looking into it, talking into, or placing it on her head. She’s learning what she can do with this container.

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